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No charges in case of beaten man

DA cites 'lack of sufficient evidence;' police close investigation

No charges will be filed against the teens involved in an altercation that left a Middleton Place man bleeding and unconscious outside his Pleasanton home last September.

"The Alameda County District Attorney has chosen not to pursue criminal charges citing lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed," police said Friday.

David Lamont was struck outside his home early Sept. 21 after confronting teens about making noise in the quiet cul-de-sac where he lived. He was found lying in the street, bleeding and comatose, when he didn't return inside following the altercation.

Lamont was moved to a rehab center after a lengthy stay at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. He continues what a family friend described as a long period of rehabilitation, learning to talk and walk again.

In the weeks that followed, police said they had what they described as "credible leads," and narrowed the investigation to three local teens -- "people who are high school age," police Sgt. Maria Munayer said early in the investigation. One, an 18-year-old from outside the area, was described as a "person of interest."

During the investigation, Pleasanton police detectives worked in collaboration with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and kept them informed of developments and leads in the case.

Friday, police said, "the case has been closed and no further investigation is pending."

Last month, Lamont's wife, Agnes, talked about the family's ordeal in an open letter.

"Dave was left for dead but thanks to a wonderful miracle and outstanding medical care, he is now on a journey towards significant recovery," she said in an email statement. "Multiple surgeries and intense rehabilitation have taken their toll but Dave's innate strength and extraordinary work ethic are propelling him through important milestones like breathing independently, relearning to walk, and being able to swallow again."

She also thanked the people who donated to the family in a fundraising effort initiated by Craig Mullins. To date, more than $24,000 has been raised.

"The Lamont family has requested that no further media attention be given to the case and that they not be contacted for comment as they would simply like to put the incident behind them and continue to focus on healing," police said Friday.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Say what?

Mike


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Posted by MrsJjhh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Seriously?! I can't believe that there will be no justice for this poor man, whose life was all but destroyed.

Maybe I'm unduly suspicious, but I can't help but wonder what exactly is going on behind the scenes in this town.

My best wishes to this ill-served and undoubtedly exhausted family and to Mr. Lamont for his continued recovery.


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Posted by Dgp
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

The parents who allowed their kids to get away with this should also be held accountable. This is an embarrassment for Pleasanton and their teens. Everyone should be responsible for their choices. Especially when you hurt someone else.


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Posted by Mrsjjhh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

And pray tell me..... if a man lying in the road comatose after being beaten almost to death does not constitute "sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed", what exactly does?


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I guess the teenagers in this case have learned that nothing will happen to them when they behave this way. No wonder people are out of control. Really too bad...


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Posted by Clete
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Time for civil action against these punks and their parents!


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Posted by jc
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Unbelievable.


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Posted by Shocked
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I'm simply shocked! So these miscreants go scot free! Great lesson to the high school kids. If you know the rt people, no one can touch you under this legal system. I am so sorry for the suffering family and pray for their strength and me. Lamont's speedy recovery.


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Posted by Awful
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hopefully the family is able to file civil charges at least.. Sad..


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Posted by ravetildon
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm

ravetildon is a registered user.

Speechless


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

That's our hard working District Attorney working "for the people."

DA Nancy O'Mally will charge a police officer with murder (BART officer on New Years) who obviously made a mistake and should have been charged with a maximum of manslaughter, whereas what sounds like an out numbered person was left with severe disabilities from a fight.

What a joke. I guess she only listens to people that make the most noise, not blind justice.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

How can they "close" a case on such a serious crime. If they can't do it then hire some police that can. Gee I'm surprised at the Pleasanton police dept... they do such great work with elementary students that are not wearing a helmet while riding a bike.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 7, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I hope this isn't another case of "affluenza", and that the responsible persons own up to their actions. Best wishes for continued healing to Mr. Lamont and his family.


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Posted by Michael L.
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Obviously there was a serious crime committed. If there is a lack of evidence then the police need to get back on the job and uncover the evidence. If they can't get the evidence and prosecute this case then the police and DA need to be replaced with people who can.


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm

From the news report this doesn't sounds like a police departments issue. They conducted the interviews, gathered the evidence, and the district attorney is essentially saying that her office couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed.

If the police should do something more the district attorney will generally make recommendations for follow-up to be done. Based on this news report it sounds like the district attorney is implying no more police work can be done and the police department has done all they can do.

The police department doesn't have the authority to file charges, only the district attorney. How there isn't enough evidence to file charges doesn't make sense to me though.


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Posted by Dena
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Only in Pleasanton.... Clearly the little creeps parents have money.
Money lets you do whatever you want and the rest go to jail


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Posted by Alice
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Absolutely mind blowing. I really pray that no one else has to go through what this man and his family are. So, what is the lesson here...let teenagers do what they want with no consequences? That man and his family will NEVER be the same again.


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Posted by John Lahommedieu
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Something is Amiss here and it does not bode well for The D.A. or the D.A.'s office! The end result of that confrontation that night left one person in such a horrible state.....surely there are reasonable charges that be brought and proven against any and all of those teens.....sadly this will send a terrible message and perhaps make matters worse in the future when confrontations such as this occur! D.A. O'Malley....I urge you to rethink your decision and then Re-charge these individuals as deemed appropriate because the message you send today Is Not Loud and Clear and is not what we expect from the county's Prosecutor in Charge!


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Posted by PN
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Are you friggin kidding me? Why can't the Pleasanton Police Dept find enough evidence to haul these misfits in? I wonder what would have happened if Mr Lamont had gone outside and done some damage to one or all of these creeps what would have happened... oh yeah.. their parents would have brought a lawsuit against Mr Lamont. There are too many kids that have a sense of entitlement in this town and too many parents that want to be their kids best friend instead of being a parent.. I'm sick to my stomach! There is a thing called Karma... may Mr Lamont and his family recover both mentally and physically from this injustice.


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Posted by Dena
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm

"The Alameda County District Attorney has chosen not to pursue criminal charges citing lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed," --the fact that a man was beaten and left for dead bleeding on the pavement wasn't enough....


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Posted by Just Wow
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

This is terrible. I am speechless. Prayers for the Lamont Family


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Posted by Reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like nobody is willing to rat on their buddies. Loyalty to the "friends" over doing the right thing. Since the poor man can't say what happened. I bet sooner or later this comes out. It is hard for a whole group to keep a secret that long.


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Posted by BJ Tiffany Lane
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:27 pm

We are rapidly approaching a society of individuals who must deal with things of this nature with lethal if not deadly force. We have no victim rights only criminal rights.


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Posted by Cletus
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I wonder what would have happened if the poor man had called the police instead of confronting these rapperscallions. The police could have banged some heads, unless they were too busy writing tickets all night long every night for piddle-dee offenses.

I think the DA is afraid to go after anyone in Oakland which is where at least one of the three thugs is whole up. The trial would be in Oakland and no conviction possible there for obvious reasons so better just to let matters drop. (Off topic comment removed.)


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Posted by Outraged
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm

No crime? No charges at all... Not even for a lesser offense than manslaughter? The State,Feds, or some higher order of law enforcement need to investigate this case and the actions or lack thereof by the Pleasanton Police and the DA.


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Posted by Lynette
a resident of Las Positas
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

This is beyond sad. Praying for this family.


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Posted by Anne
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This is beyond disgusting. I know the "children" and the parents of these "children" who did this !! To claim self defense is a ridiculous made up excuse but of course look at the parents who raised you - of course you wouldn't take responsibility. You all WILL mess up again in your life time. You can't ruin someone's life and get away with it for ever. There will be a reckoning. Whether it be a year from now or 5 years from now.. Whenever anything bad happens in your life- and it will- think of the Lamont family. Karma.
How the parents of these spoiled, elitist, "children" can live with themselves is beyond me.


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Posted by JG
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Great job Pleasanton and Pleasanton PD. You should be so proud. Must be dealing with so much violent crime that you didn't have time to figure this one out or...


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Posted by Neerja
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Unbelievable!! I'm shocked to hear this news!! My prayers are with the family.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

B** S***


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I am absolutely outraged at this.

There is not enough evidence because this poor man, Mr. Lamont was brutally and severely beaten to within an inch of his life and is as of yet unable to identify these horrible teens.

And none of these teens are going to rat the others out. You know what that tells me, they all did it and should all be prosecuted with extreme prejudice. How in the world can the Pleasanton Police and the Alameda County DA look at themselves in the mirror. For the shame. I am embarrassed to be a Pleasanton and Alameda County resident.

To me, your mind goes to ne of two things- either laziness/ineptness of the government officials, or at least one of these kid come from money and/or importance. Again, just shocked and outraged.

If any person, persons or group sees fit to lodge some sort of a protest, count me in- and I have never protested in a public forum before. That's how outraged I am.

And I echo what another poster wrote- to the Pleasanton Police- great jobs writing up those tickets for not wearing a bike helmet or having tinted car windows. You're a Mayberry RFD joke of a police force. If you can't protect us and can't do your job to bring criminals- real criminals- to justice... what good are you?


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

To add- my outrage at this led me to conclude my post with out wishing the Lamont family, friend and supporters all the luck, progress and healing possible. You are all in my prayers. God bless you all.


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Posted by Erika
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

This is so shocking to me. I have thought about this man many times since he was attacked & was getting impatient as to how long it was taking to find out what was going to happen to the thugs who did this. This disgusts me that teens from our town did this & are now going to get away with it. Unacceptable in a huge way! Just don't understand how this could happen. Disappointed in our law enforcement & saddened for the family this happened to.


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Posted by Patricia
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm

So, today's civics lesson is mob rule rules?


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Posted by Patty
a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Teenagers make mistakes and many decisions are poor at the time. They knew they had done bad and their youthful ignorance made the decision to run. They all live with the horror of that act. Sleepless nights and fear of being caught. Pray they all find peace . Best health to the victim, and peace to his family.fNg


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Posted by Clete
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

And it doesn't matter that nobody saw it and so nobody except the suspects know what really happened. They were making too much noise and that alone should earn the routey toughs a lengthy jail sentence.

I for one am very encouraged and proud of our town's reaction. It shows that we really don't need much by way of evidence to provoke ourselves into justifiable outrage. And I for one am not looking forward to what the DA has to say. We all already know exactly what happened and that's all we need.


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Posted by KAO
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Disgusted with the Pleasanton Police and AG. You should all be ashamed. I would love to see a protest in front of the police department; this cute little town needs a shake up in a big way. I wish the family all the best and more importantly, I hope the family files a civil suit and goes after every single penny from those parents who allowed their kids to get a way with this horrible crime.


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Posted by jeff
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

This town is ridiculous. If the PPD can't solve one of the most heinous crimes in recent memory how can we justify their enormous budget? Sure they are good at arresting teenagers for smoking pot or busting people for broken taillights but if they can't take care of hardworking taxpaying residents what the hell is going on? Something is rotten in Denmark.


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Anne, if you know the kids and the patents, did you go to the police and tell them what you know? If not, perhaps you are one of the reasons they couldn't come up with enough evidence.

I don't understand why, if they know who was present and witnessed the events, and no one is talking, why they can't charge them with conspiracy and. / or obstruction of justice.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Hopefully the fellow who was beaten will recover. A very frightening situation for all involved.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Not sure why everyone is blaming the police department. It is the DA who decided to not file charges. Ill bet the cops wanted something done but ultimately it is not up to them with who gets charged. For people talking sh*t about PPD, did they not just track down the guy who shot up redcoats? They got the suspect who dumped the body on Dublin Canyon Road. And did they not catch a bank robber last year who robbed a bank on Main Street? Oh not to mention the burglar from Canyon Meadows or the mail theft suspects from Concord.


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Posted by C3
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

What is the process to learn what the DA knows? I for one would like to see the evidence gathered from which the DAs office chose to drop the case. As citizens I would expect that we have a right to know why the evidence was insufficient. As a community we cannot let this go unaddressed as next time it can happen to any of us and or families.


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Posted by DA WTF
a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Are you kidding me? What message does this send? To the thugs - no worries, keep on. To the citizens - pack heat next time you deal with these d-bags. Great way to run a society. Nice job, Alameda County DA!


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Posted by Billy
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Now I know why so many people in this town have weapons. The police cannot solve a bank robbery or a beating but they are johnny on the spot to issue a ticket for speeding or improper lane changes by hey are a joke.


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Posted by Suzy
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Wow. What a pathetic decision on the part of Alameda County DA office. But they will happily press charges on one adult slapping another adult, without injuries. I guess if it entails anything like having to work at getting information, they would rather pass. Well these kids and their parents know who they are. Let God have his justice with them. They won't forget that.


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Posted by highdiver
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

When you don't have enough evidence for a criminal trial other alternatives do exist. Someone earlier mentioned a civil trial, which is the type of trial in which OJ was convicted following his criminal trial acquittal.

You cannot, repeat cannot, let these 3 local kids and 1 out of area kid get away with the pain they have caused. As reported earlier, the police know the names of the perpetrators. A civil trial is the next step and even if the kids get off it sends a message to other kids.


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Posted by Only in Pleasanton
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Great job Pleasanton, you should be so proud.... There is very little violent crime in the City and when there is we can't solve it. Doesn't make me want to vote for more taxes, bonds, fees, etc. so we can hire more union law enforcement that can't protect our residents.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley is notorious for not following through and pressing charges in numerous criminal cases. She is a Liberal Democrat.
If this had happened in my neighborhood, there would be several dead teenagers lying in the gutter.. . . with witnesses to an act of self-defense!! They have been warned!


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Posted by Simon
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Feb 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Can anybody publish the names of the "kids" so I can protect myself from them?


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Posted by Michael L.
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm

If you want to tell Nancy what you think

The main phone number to the DA Office is: (510) 272-6222

You may send a general e-mail to the Office at: info@alcoda.org

You can post on Nancy O'Malley's Facebook page Web Link

You can see what kind of cases Nancy choose to take on. She likes to file legislation, and put up billboards and fine companies for not informing people properly about products but no where does it say what she does about hard crime.

Web Link


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Posted by Michael L.
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Nancy's Facebook page does not allow posts by anyone other than the page admin however you can post a comment in reply to a post and everyone who liked it will be notified and should see it. I posted comments with a link to this article.


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Posted by Outraged
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

When middle schoolers can deficate in the library and go unpunished, high schoolers certainly should be able to beat a man into a coma and walk free. Great messages were sending. It's surely a "Community of Character". Go Pleasanton!!


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Posted by bernalite
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

I am so terribly disappointed in the parents choosing to protect their kids from harm instead of teaching the lessons of admitting and reconciling actions. Young kids can panic at the moment but teaching them to hide and cover to protect themselves rather than accepting moral and fiscal responsibility is a terrible life lesson. Support the family harmed. They will live with it. The boy from LA will never shed it despite future collegiate promise. Own it people.


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Posted by NOELLE S
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Feb 7, 2014 at 10:44 pm

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Posted by Scott K
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 7, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Many of us parents moved to Pleasanton to get away from danger and bad elements. Unfortunately most of the dangers in this town come from our own children. Parents killed in their own house by their child (Ernie Scherer III), someone's mother killed by a Pleasanton kid (Cody Hall), and David Lamont beaten outside of his house with Pleasanton kids watching.

We can blame the police and the DA, but for us Pleasanton parents there must be something wrong in the mirror. Perhaps affluenza really is a disease.


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Posted by outraged
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm

I do not believe the police did a thorough investigation. The police is the reason they had insufficient evidence to charge these thugs with a crime.

The city has also never done anything to stop people from going up at night to these ridgetop locations where they drink and do drugs. In fact, they want to build more of these spots in the southeast hills of Pleasanton.

Shame on the police and city government....


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm

It really does sound like another case of "affluenza". The 'delinquents' will be losers in the end. This 'entitlement' mentality is becoming intolerable. I guess the message is don't waste time 'talking' or 'reasoning'.
I certainly hope these so-called parents have the decency to contribute every spare penny they ever have, to assist the victim in the many ways it will be needed.
Parents, if you don't have the spine to do it face-to-face, at least figure out a way to get sufficient assistance to the victim in some manner....there are ways, do it! It's your duty and responsibility. Please makes your kids participate in funding contribiutions,as well. It might also help them learn financial responsibility, and to help develop moral conscience, which is obviously lacking.


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Posted by Matthew
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Feb 8, 2014 at 12:45 am

58 comments, and not a single one supporting the authorities' (PD or DA) course of action. The sheer preponderance of condemnation for either inadequate investigation, or lack of prosecution tells me there is evil lurking in the dark. The question that beckons then is: "where is the investigative journalism to shed light on handling of this case by the authorities?" Is Pleasanton Weekly just a bulletin board? If I cannot learn about my community from my local newsmedia and its reporters, then how am I going to decipher what system is working, or not, in this town? And which public servant is failing its duties, and how? What I'm worried about is poor ceverage at best, or shadowy reporting at worst.


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Posted by C3
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 8, 2014 at 7:27 am

One thing we don't know: Who threw the first punch?


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Posted by PTown Wronged
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

This is wrong and a failure of the justice system. How is this any different than the Brian Stowe case? These people need to pay for what they did. Affluence and power reign supreme regardless what you do is the message of the day. If the people are really concerned lets hire a detective to pursue the case without the help of PPD or DA. I am just astonished how little evidence was shared.,, this case smells really bad.


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

What was the library situation,Outraged? I had not heard about that. Barbarians!!


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Posted by what?
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

Are you serious? Where is our leadership? Mr. Mayor what do you have to say? Alameda DA out! Police chief out! What don't we know? Tell us…. Did the victim give a statement when he came out of coma.. no evidence? This is local us! When is the press conference Mr. Mayor? or Ms DA ?


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

You are being very Unrealistic, "what?". POLICE are responsible for street thugs, with tips and cooperation of neighbors...certainly NOT any mayor. Law enforcement is for law enforcement officers. What is your motive, mr or ms 'what'? Surely you're not that ignorant of law enforcement function and roles. get real!


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Posted by Cletus
a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

First, I resent the accusation that I have posted on this thread using 20 different names. And even if I did, surely know there is enough righteous outrage in the community that I would be merely expressing what so MANY are feeling about this.

Second, I resent the naysayers who say I don't have enough evidence to express my righteous indignation about the case and its cover-up. True, I have no evidence. None at all. No one has read the police findings. No one has been privy to what the DA has been deliberating. But I hear my neighbors talk. And so many of us hate teenagers. And the loud music they listen to. So they must be guilty.

Third, any rational person, upon hearing teens playing their outrageous music, would of COURSE go outside late at night to confront them. Call the police? Huh? Why do THAT?

But, again, I just want to assure everyone that the majority of the very similar sounding complaints are not coming from me as I use many different names to convey the same righteous indignation. Honest. Nope. Not twenty different names. No way!


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Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

Our county DA is more similar to a police chief, certainly not any council/mayor. 'what?', I think you would fail the elementary IQ test questions i.e., An apple is more like a A. a pear, or B a pear tree, or C. a basket. A pear tree is a distant relative, but only the pear is a comparable fruit. what? you are way out on a limb. You should stay on topic, which is crime and law enforcement. Law enforcement in Alameda Country consists of police & sheriff departments, and are settled by District Atty, and IF indicted by DA, then prosecutor, then judges and juries. No elected council members are in the law enforcement chain of command. what? you better go to the library and do some reading.
Now, back to the bruts, students, drunks, or whatever, parents, and worthless DA.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

Since the public doesn't know the details it's best to be patient. The full story may eventually come out.

Sure hope he has a full recovery.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

A few things--

1. Innocent until proven guilty. (It seems the man was unable to positively ID his attacker(s) and no physical evidence or witness ID.
2. Is it possible that the attacker(s) are from a influential family?
3. Is it possible the man knows who the attacker(s) are and does not want to ID out of fear or ..other reason?

Civil lawsuit looks like the logical play here, but w/o proof of involvement, I don't see how it would work.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

How can the public be supportive of the survivor and his family? It certainly is a human interest story.

This is the kind of story that leads to others expressing their sense of helplessness with anger. It was such a meaningless crime.

Certainly somebody is guilty of beating the man senseless. They will most likely repeat their criminal behavior and eventually be arrested. Or he will eventually regain his memory and finger his attackers.

Tragic.


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Posted by Tracy
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on Feb 8, 2014 at 3:57 pm

This is one of the main reasons I choose to the move away from Pleasanton. As great as we think it is here, the schools are going downhill and there are drugs everywhere. Don't kid yourselves that there isn't and all the police department can do is run drug awareness programs for the 5th graders. Sad....


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Posted by suspicious
a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Feb 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

It's so easy to assume... I find it suspcious that if this is such an outrage and the family is so appreciative of the 24K they've received.... why have they asked for the media to stop covering the case? And then I read posts here, recalling the fact that Lamont did not call police.... what happened out there? Indeed. Granted, nothing warrants the beating - but I wonder if the water is just muddy enough to prevent charges. That would be embarrasing I assume.... to get all of this money and then learn perhaps Lamont instigated the incident? It's the only scenario that seems to fit every detail. I don't think our PD and DA are THAT incapable....but I've been plenty wrong before.


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Posted by MJB
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

The Alameda County DA's office and the Pleasanton Police Dept should be ashamed of their inability to bring justice to this situation. It is proof of their incompetence, resulting in both administrations being a complete joke. This is a huge black eye for our community.


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Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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In response to Suspicious: I think it very unlikely that Mr. Lamont instigated the incident. It was 4 to 1. Four people wouldn't need to leave an unarmed older man near to death merely in order to defend themselves. This was far, far more than "reasonable force".

However, I think it very likely that Mr. Lamont remembers nothing of the events that night and it seems that there were no witnesses to the actual attack, or witnesses prepared to admit to it, anyway, which is greatly to the advantage of the attackers, who can therefore, of course, say whatever they want. And they had plenty of time to "sync" their own side of events before being interviewed.

When I read the PW report yesterday I was outraged and it has been on my mind ever since then. I, too, have wondered why the Lamont family have requested no further media attention. I think it is entirely possible that they are simply mentally and physically exhausted and now that the case has been dropped, just wish to forget about the attack altogether, and focus on helping Mr. Lamont recover.

Or perhaps that they are so upset about the course of the investigation and the DA's decision and the probable futility of any further attempt to seek justice or compensation that they have had enough of Pleasanton and simply want to shut themselves away, heal and start anew somewhere else. Again, I think that's perfectly understandable.

One other possibility occurred to me. I am sure that Mr. Lamont's medical bills already amount to far more than has been collected for him. And, of course, he has been unable to work for many months. (Given his injuries, I doubt whether Mrs. Lamont has been able to focus on anything but getting through each day and caring for her husband.

Mr. Lamont ran his own business and his wife worked with him. And the couple has two daughters. I know nothing about the business, but I don't see how it can still be successful, or even operational, after so many months without attention.

In view of all this, it seems to me very likely that the medical bills alone, plus the loss of income, have brought Mr. and Mrs. Lamont close to bankruptcy.

Now, if, as I suspect, this is indeed a case of "affluenza", it is possible that the families of the alleged perpetrators of the crime, and/or their wealthy and influential connections, have offered the Lamont family some sort of financial settlement, provided that they cease to pursue the case and agrees to some sort of gagging/non-disclosure clause.

However furious and upset the Lamonts might be about events, their dire financial circumstances may have left Mrs. Lamont with little choice but to accept the offer, in order to pay for further necessary treatment for her husband and to support her family. If I were in her position, I'm sure I'd give up on justice and surrender to such demands in the interest of my loved ones, too.

Life most certainly isn't fair. And given the frequency with which "he who has the money" wins nowadays, I fear that my last theory is the explanation. But I really, really hope that I am wrong.

And again, I offer the family my best wishes for the continued and full recovery of Mr. Lamont and my hope that they will never again suffer in the way that they are suffering now.


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Posted by Concerned Citizen
a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm

If this is the quality of police investigation in Pleasanton, maybe I need to leave for my own safety.


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Posted by William H Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

William H Tell is a registered user.

Hard to tell why the "youths" weren't charged. Perhaps they are affluent and used parental connections to get DA not to file. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]. Or perhaps they gave Mr. Lamont such a bad beating that any scummy defense lawyer would use that to discredit him. Fact is, it doesn't bode well for the white taxpaying homeowner in Pleasanton. From what I heard, the Pleasanton PD won't come out when homeowners complain about these types of criminal activities are reported, so between that and the DA's decision - the best thing for the homeonwer to do is armed confrontation, and shoot to kill if attacked. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


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