Alert citizen aids in arrest of prowling suspect in Pleasanton

Police surround area, located Sacramento man behind business

A 20-year-old Sacramento man was arrested Wednesday morning after an alert citizen noticed a suspicious person prowling near a residence in the 2100 block of Rheem Drive.

The citizen called police and reported that the male subject entered the rear yard of a residence as soon as the residents left, Sgt. Pat Walsh said.

The man, later identified as Roman Phillips, allegedly approached the front doors of several other houses and tried to open doors to parked vehicles in driveways.

Police were given a detailed description of the man and where he was traveling from the citizen.

Officers surrounded the area and allegedly located Phillips behind a business.

Police reports said Phillips provided false identifying information to officers and had just hidden an expensive bicycle in shrubbery.

Phillips was arrested on suspicion of prowling and possession of narcotics.

Walsh said the investigation is continuing as there might be additional victims of theft or burglary.

"In this situation, the suspect would not have been identified or captured without the help from this alert community member," Walsh said in a statement released Wednesday. "The Pleasanton Police Department reminds citizens to immediately call the police when they see suspicious behavior or people."

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4 people like this
Posted by Janet
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Mar 19, 2015 at 10:46 am

Kudos to the alert citizen in notifying police who picked up prowler Roman Phillips! We are all better off when we look out for one another.

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Posted by Great Job, Good Catch
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:19 am

Glad someone was alert, and that the PD was so effective.
Probably a repeat offender, so getting him off our streets may prevent lots more crimes.
We had items stolen from our parked car at our house in Pleasanton.
My wife left quilting tools in the car in a nice bag that she made.
Probably they were of no value other than to a quilter, so it really stinks that the thief took them.
Hope he gets prosecuted. While he's locked up, crime goes down.

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Posted by Not too smart?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

If he wanted to remain inconspicuous while prowling and stealing,
he sure wore the wrong shirt and hair doo!
Thanks for the picture!

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm

Many thanks to our alert citizens, hopefully more people will take note and be more aware of their surroundings and help send these losers back to their own neighborhoods or better yet the slammer. Still not too late to make the entire town a " gated community ". Good job PPD!!!

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Posted by E Holder
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Dear Mr Phillips,

This was clearly racial profiling at work here and I feel as though your civil rights may have been infringed upon to say the least. I will be launching a full investigation on the Federal level to get to the bottom of this atrocity. We will start with interrogating the neighbor who initially reported your alleged prowling and continue with a thorough review of the police department's actions. It is our suspicion that the police dept may have a pattern of treating minorities unfairly. The FBI team's visit will be proceeded by the honorable Rev Al Sharpton, so that he may assess the situation on the ground beforehand. We heavily rely on his input and assistance in situations such as this. He will be working hand in hand with your family to ensure that your side of the story is told and justice is served.

On a side note, President O is very concerned about the situation and feels that the police may have "acted stupidly". He passes along his best wishes. After all, if he had a son, he would look like you.

E Holder
Washington D.C.

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Posted by Boomer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Hey E. Holder, too funny !!

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Posted by Longtimer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Yikes, our pool area one day, a few days later Mohr area....all kind of creepy!!

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