One of the men suspected in the robbery of a Pleasanton man who won big at a Bay Area casino in August was captured Wednesday in Antioch.
Pleasanton police Lieutenant Jeff Bretzing confirmed late Thursday that a raid in Antioch and and earlier one in Oakland were to arrest suspects in the August home invasion armed robbery.
The investigation is continuing with an official announcement expected later today from the police department.
A message on the Antioch Police Department's Facebook page on Wednesday noted that a suspect was taken into custody, although it doesn't specifically mention the Aug. 26 gunpoint robbery on Roselma Place in Pleasanton.
"Shortly before 6 a.m., Antioch PD officers were involved in a multi-jurisdictional SWAT operation to apprehend a dangerous subject in our city who was wanted in connection with a home-invasion robbery that took place in Pleasanton," Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando said in his Facebook post. "Diversionary devices were deployed and the subject was taken into custody."
As of the post, made at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday, investigators were still on the scene collecting evidence, Cantando said.
No one from the Pleasanton Police Department was able to confirm the man taken into custody was one of the home invasion holdup men. But the August armed robbery is the only one since last November, when a home holdup was reported in the 1500 block of Oak Vista Way.
In the most recent robbery, which targeted the casino winner, three armed men held the winner's wife at gunpoint as she arrived home and was closing the garage door, according to police at the time.
"The suspects forced her into the house, where they then confronted her husband as well and demanded 'the money,'" Pleasanton police Sgt. Michael Collins said earlier. "The husband complied and gave them the cash out of fear for his and his wife's safety."
The husband won an unreleased amount of money in a gambling session that stretched from Sunday night into Monday morning. He took a cab home and fell asleep in a downstairs bedroom with the cash in a bag beside him.
The robbery took place several hours later.
The three suspects were described as black male adults, 19 to 23 years old, each about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and around 150 pounds. Each was wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt and black pants, and all wore bandanas during the robbery.
The female victim told police the suspects fled on foot from the home and headed toward Bernal Avenue, but she was unsure if a vehicle was involved.
The Pleasanton Police Department was also recently involved in a multi-agency warrant service related to an open, on-going investigation involving local police and the California Department of Justice. In that sweep, announced Oct. 24, SWAT teams were brought in from the Oakland Police Department, Fremont Police Department and the East County Tactical Team.
Several people from multiple locations were arrested without resistance and without injury; police said additional information would be made public "when it is appropriate to do so."
The Pleasanton Weekly could not confirm whether that earlier sweep was related to the Wednesday morning arrest in Antioch or if it was connected to the home invasion robbery of the casino winner and his wife.