Two arrested in robbery at motel

High-speed chase leads officers to Castro Valley

A 24-year-old man and his 16-year old female accomplice face felony charges in the beating and robbery of an acquaintance at his Pleasanton motel room that led to a high-speed chase on Interstate 580.

The incident began a little before 3 p.m. on May 1 at Tri-Valley Inn and Suites in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road, when the 19-year-old victim let the pair into his room and the suspect repeatedly punched the victim's face without warning. The two then took a $2,000 laptop and wallet, a framed picture and a cell phone and fled the scene.

Pleasanton police Officer Erik Silacci arrived on the scene and found the suspects fleeing. The driver evaded a stop then led Silacci on a high-speed pursuit at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour up I-580 westbound and onto Castro Valley Boulevard, where the officer terminated the pursuit.

A Hayward officer overhead the radio calls and recognized the description, and an Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the abandoned car, a black 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, in Castro Valley at about 4:30 p.m., with property inside that belonged to the victim.

That led to Bradley Amaral, who was taken into custody near his home in Castro Valley not far from where the car was discovered. Amaral was tasered while resisting arrest after fleeing the back door of his home when approached by police. He sustained minor injuries and was treated at ValleyCare Medical Center and booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Amaral was charged with robbery, evading police and possession of methamphetamine. He was identified by the suspect through a photo lineup and by Silacci as the driver of the car.

The victim also was injured. He was treated at the scene for lacerations to his head.

The girl was arrested at her home in Pleasanton at about 6:08 p.m. the same day and was later released into the custody of her parents.


Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Great job PPD!!! Another fine example of your professionalism and tenacity .....keep up the good work.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 5:01 am

Great job PPD. And they say nothing happens in pleasanton!

Posted by Vanessa, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

So glad these criminals were caught!!! Good job PPD!!!

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

So the 16 yr old is perfectly willing to attack and rob someone but we protect the useless criminal by not naming her. I would like to know if it is a neighbor so that I could make sure the little creep stays away from my house.
Another fine parenting job from Pleasanton parents.

Posted by ACAB, a resident of Downtown
on May 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

PPD just chased them out of town,they didn't catch him.
Make them work for their money.

Posted by Too often, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That motel seems to make the news when bad things happen in Pleasanton.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm


"a high-speed pursuit at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour up I-580 westbound and onto Castro Valley Boulevard, where the officer terminated the pursuit."

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to congratulate the Hayward officer who overhead the radio calls and the Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy who spotted the abandoned car, which led to the arrest, for their professionalism and tenacity.


Posted by Peter Malloy, a resident of Birdland
on May 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Hey Mike- How about you try being grateful that law enforcement worked as a team to catch a fleeing felon from your city. Who cares if it was Pleasanton PD or Hayward PD or the Sheriff's Department that caught the thug. If Pleasanton PD had not broadcast the description of the suspect and the vehicle for Hayward or the Sheriff's Department to hear, the bad guy would not have been caught.

So, I echo "Truth's" assessment of PPD's professionalism and tenacity. They have the courage to do what you are too scared to do, Mike.


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