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Pleasanton police investigate 2 armed robberies, gunshots at Rose Pavilion, Nation's Restaurant

San Ramon man captured on attempted murder charge as cops search for 3 other suspects

Pleasanton police captured a 19-year-old San Ramon man after shots were fired in an armed robbery in the Rose Pavilion parking lot Thursday night and are searching for a man and woman suspected of robbing Nation's Restaurant Saturday night at Hopyard Road near I-580.

In the 11 p.m. Saturday night robbery, the pair entered the empty restaurant at 5321 Hopyard, behind Burger King, and demanded money from the lone clerk at the cash register. The man indicated he had a handgun, although none was seen. The clerk handed the suspect an undisclosed amount of money and both suspects fled out the front door.

Police Sergeant Kurt Schlehuber, who responded to the clerk's call for help along with other officers, said one suspect was described as a white male with brown hair and green eyes, weighing about 140 pounds and 5 feet 4-6-inches tall with the female suspect also white with green eyes about the same height and weighing an estimated 110 pounds.

Both suspects were wearing dark colored "hoodie" sweatshirts pulled over their heads and dark pants.

Schlehuber said a witness observed a grey 1990s style minivan speed out of the area from behind Nation's at the same time as the robbery. The vehicle was seen driving through the Pleasanton Inn parking lot but police were unable to find the vehicle still there when they arrived.

On Thursday night, a 23-year-old man claimed he was robbed at gunpoint and then shot at about 10 p.m. in the Rose Pavilion parking lot in front of the CVS Pharmacy.

The victim, whose identity has not been given, drove in a Honda to the parking lot planning to sell iPods to a man police later identified as Antonio Faraz Rad of San Ramon.

Pleasanton police Lt. Tom Fenner said Rad had arranged to meet the victim outside the CVS Pharmacy.

When Rad and another suspect arrived at about 10 p.m., they allegedly parked their gray SUV in the center of the empty parking lot.

The victim approached the SUV. When the victim took out one of the iPods, the suspect ordered the victim to give him everything and took out a firearm.

The victim dropped the iPod and put his hands over his head. The suspect then fired a single shot at the victim that sent him running for cover. As the victim ran toward the Honda, the suspect fired a second shot at the man, Fenner said, but missed him both times. The victim escaped uninjured.

Store employees heard gunshots and called the police. Witnesses told police they spotted several men running toward the Honda sedan.

The Honda and SUV drove out of the parking lot, and officers said they were unable to immediately locate either vehicle.

Police tracked down the victim of the robbery and questioned him about the incident, police said.

Their investigation led them to Rad's residence in San Ramon. They obtain search and arrest warrants and in the company of San Ramon police made the arrest.

Rad was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for robbery and attempted murder and also faces felony enhancement charges because of pending felony cases he has in Alameda County.

The enhancement was added because Rad allegedly committed felonies while out on bail. Rad had posted bail for previous arrests for felony vandalism, felony evading, and child endangerment, Fenner said. Police are searching for Rad's getaway vehicle and the other suspect who was in the SUV.

"Certainly this is a very unusual event for the city of Pleasanton and we have numerous investigators working on the case," Fenner said.

Anyone with information on either crime is encouraged to contact Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.

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Posted by annonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Has anyone else noticed that ever since CVS took over the former Longs store, the clientel in the center has become rather scary. I don't even go to CVS anymore because of that.


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Posted by Longs was better
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

CVS has these weird phoney discounts- you don't actually get the discount, you only get a credit- so you have to buy something else or something later.
Shame that Longs sold, or that CVS did not keep the same tradition of providing service.


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Posted by james
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

all of you folks that want to open up access to pleasanton take a good look at your future. this kind of thing will be occurring on a much more frequent basis until it resembles all the other towns in the east bay that you want to be like.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm

CVS is a very low-life, less than desirable place to shop. I cannot believe that a drug store would remove linoleum flooring and install germ infested carpets, that makes a lot of sense in a drug store.

CVS is a scum - bottom of the bucket wannabe drug store.

Very sad that a store such as long's that had class would sell out to such a poor excuse for a drug store. Not the same as Long's, that's for sure.


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Posted by cholo
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Longs was better- you really think that the store discounts are bringing a criminal element to drug store parking lot? you are an even bigger troll than I am.


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Posted by Sue
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

LOL Cholo, you crack me up!


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Posted by Interesting
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I haven't noticed any difference in the clientele at the CVS in Dublin on Regional since it switched from being a Longs store; in fact the service is better and the shelves are better stocked. I think that the Longs/CVS at the Rose Pavilion is just not in a very good location. The parking lot is pretty dead at night since the other storefronts close earlier, and the parking lot is very poorly lit. I think that's part of what draws a seedier clientele, if you really think that it's the case...


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Posted by Christina
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Aug 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I don't think that CVS has anything to do with the incident that occurred last night. I love CVS! I get amazing deals there and am saving a ton of money for my family. If you combine ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) and coupons you get things (shampoo, razors, medicine, food, toiletries, etc.) for free. Don't knock CVS just because of this incident.


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Posted by karma
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

How does CVS vs. Longs have anything to do with the fact that this kid has been terrorizing Pleasanton and the people in it for more than a decade. It is truly sad that the authorities are just now catching up with him after all of the harm he has done in this community.


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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

"this kid has been terrorizing Pleasanton and the people in it for more than a decade."

? A 19-year-old from San Ramon has been terrorizing Pleasanton and the people in it for more than a decade?? Wow, precocious kid! Please 'splain?


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Posted by Fairman
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Aug 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

19 years old, terrorizing for last 10 years, so he was 9 years old when he terrorized! Some people just do not have a feel for what compassion means. this is just a kid driven by garbage music, rap culture and shallow eductaion of our school system. If anything, blame the system not the kids.

We need to think about what this culture is doing to our otherwise bright kids. Just take a look at what is shown at the TV around the clock. Just go ahead and put them in prison to make real criminals out of them. That is the solution that this society has prescribed. Let's come together and deepen our culture and rehab these kids. That is the real and long term solution.


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Posted by Penny
a resident of another community
on Aug 24, 2010 at 8:54 pm

You people from Pleasanton are really just living in your own world. "How could they let him into our community" wah wah wah! This is America! [edited] happens! Just because you live in Pleasanton does not make you exempt! Its a drug store, so what! What you people think is scary, trust me, you have not seen anything yet. Try doing your shopping in Oakland, Vallejo, Hayward, somewhere like that.


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Posted by TheONE
a resident of Las Positas
on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I know this kid he's really smart. He probably just got mixed up with some riff raff. It's sad. !%#@ the dumb [edited] who want to close of Pleasanton and turn it into a bubble. Half these kids that are running around committing crimes are kids from rich families or their at least well off. The bubble we have placed them in makes the other side look appealing. How many parents give their kids everything and are over protective then they see their kids turning into wanna be goons who take pride in going to village? They see people commiting crimes and they idealize it. When I was a kid I watched Goodfellas and I wanted to be a gangster. Luckily I got over that and go to UCSD now and am making a real future for myself. Society teaches us to idealize criminals, but when a young kid tries to become one everyone trips out and wonders what happened. Open your [edited]eyes you ignorant fools


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Posted by karma
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:54 am

to ??, hes not originally from San Ramon. In fact he lived in Pleasanton all of his life and was only moved to San Ramon after dozens of suspensions and a handful of expulsions before his countless run ins with the law despite no conviction


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Posted by 2
a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 8, 2010 at 12:57 am

and to fairman, yes he has been a terror since 9 years old, perhaps even younger. ask anyone who knew him in elementary school and they can tell you this didnt just start recently with rap music and our culture hes been a bad seed since day one. i once watched him get suspended from stealing band intruments outside music class in the 5th grade, this has been a long time coming.


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Posted by Exasperated
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

TheONE is right. When I was going to Amador you don't know how often I heard girls talking about how they had jacked stuff from such-and-such store in the Stoneridge Mall. Please... These girls had expensive phones and clothing... They didn't need to steal.


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