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 yesterday.
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 Tuesday.
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.