Pleasanton Weekly

News - March 12, 2010

Pleasanton men, teen arrested for alleged felony assault of a disabled man

Two men allegedly shot 19-year-old with a BB-type gun

by Emily West

Two men and a 16-year-old girl from Pleasanton have been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, torture and false imprisonment of a 19-year-old learning disabled man, police said.

The assault reportedly occurred in the evening of Feb. 18 when the victim entered a local business around 7:40 p.m., bleeding from the hand. Police said the man said he had been shot then ran out of the store, got into a car and left the area. A witness was said to have retrieved the license plate number of the car and the victim was later located and found to have been shot 20 to 25 times with a BB-type gun.

Sgt. Jim Knox of the Pleasanton Police Department said the victim knew the suspects and considered them friends. They reportedly met up with him at a fast food restaurant before taking him to be assaulted.

"The victim stated that this had occurred several times prior to this incident but it was never reported," Knox said.

Investigators were able to identify the suspects as Jonathan Fala and Sergio Ramirez, both 19. The 16-year-old girl was not identified. Fala was arrested Feb. 28 and the other two were arrested March 2.

Police said the three suspects allegedly drove the victim to a remote location off of Foothill Road, told him to stand near a tree and the male suspects shot the victim. BB pellets were found lodged in the victim's hand and leg, and also had injuries to his neck, back and head. The victim was treated at ValleyCare Medical Center, which included stapling several wounds and removing the pellets.


Posted by Linda L, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

This seems to be a hate crime. Mentally disabled people are targeted similarly to gays and minorities. This is sick and sad, poor guy.

Posted by Teresa, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Let it be clear: if bullies are forgiven and not stopped, they repeat their crimes and become more aggressive. Kindness does not work with bullies. The only thing that helps with bullies is to smoke them out immediately. This goes for marriage partners, children, young adults, and everyone in the community. Forgiving a minor act most likely will lead to more aggressive acts because by forgiving, the message to a bully essentially is: "I'm condoning what you are doing." The cruelty of anyone who does anything inappropriately needs to be stopped immediately by speaking up, standing our ground, getting help, or getting the police involved. In this case, these criminals took advantage of a person that did not know how to really defend himself. These people who did this are criminals at heart and very cruel, and they will get into more trouble because they enjoy being cruel.

Posted by theresa, a resident of Downtown
on Mar 31, 2010 at 8:00 pm

let's put the pictures of these criminals all over the pages so we know who they are when we run into them for our own protection.

Posted by ., a resident of Horizon High School
on Apr 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

its all about how you react. if you beat them up then how different are you.
its like the death sentence. murdering a murderer technically makes you a murderer too.

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