A 19-year-old San Ramon man is in jail after allegedly robbing a man and then attempting to shoot him in a Pleasanton parking lot Thursday night, according to police.
The suspect, Antonio Faraz Rad, of San Ramon, had arranged to meet the victim outside the CVS Pharmacy on Rosewood Drive to buy iPods, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Tom Fenner.
The 23-year-old victim, who planned to sell iPods to Rad, arrived at the drug store in a Honda sedan with a friend of his and parked the vehicle directly in front of the store, Fenner said.
When Rad and another suspect arrived at about 10 p.m., they allegedly parked their gray SUV in the center of the empty parking lot.
The victim approached the SUV. When the victim took out one of the iPods, the suspect ordered the victim to give him everything and took out a firearm.
The victim dropped the iPod and put his hands over his head. The suspect then fired a single shot at the victim that sent him running for cover. As the victim ran toward the Honda, the suspect fired a second shot at the man, Fenner said, but missed him both times. The victim escaped uninjured.
Store employees heard gunshots and called the police. Witnesses told police they spotted several men running toward the Honda sedan.
The Honda and SUV drove out of the parking lot, and officers said they were unable to immediately locate either vehicle.
Police tracked down the victim of the robbery and questioned him about the incident, police said.
Rad was taken into custody after being served search and arrest warrants at his residence. The San Ramon Police Department assisted with the arrest.
Rad was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for robbery and attempted murder, but also faces felony enhancement charges because of pending felony cases he has in Alameda County.
The enhancement was added because Rad allegedly committed felonies while out on bail. Rad had posted bail for previous arrests for felony vandalism, felony evading, and child endangerment, Fenner said. Police are searching for Rad's getaway vehicle and the other suspect who was in the SUV.
"Certainly this is a very unusual event for the city of Pleasanton and we have numerous investigators working on the case," Fenner said.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.