Pleasanton resident jumps in car being stolen, hits culprit until he flees

Other Pleasanton police news through Oct. 14

An attempted car theft closed some streets in the Laurel Creek area last week after a homeowner started beating up a man who was trying to drive away with his car, according to Pleasanton police.

The homeowner who lives in the 9200 block of Klemetson Drive opened his garage at about 6:55 p.m. Oct. 15 and went inside his house for about five minutes while his garage door was open, the man told police.

When he returned to the garage, a man was sitting in the homeowner's 2010 Range Rover, and the engine was running. The homeowner jumped into the car's passenger seat and hit the man in the face, police stated.

The stranger sped down the driveway but then stopped the vehicle and fled the area on foot, running west down Klemetson Drive and across a field, police said.

The homeowner told police that as the man ran, he looked east toward a black car that was sitting outside a neighbor's home without its lights on. As the man ran, the car drove away, and police think that vehicle may be related to the crime.

The man suspected of trying to steal the car was identified as a white man of "stocky build" about 35-40 years old with a bald head and no facial hair. The man was not apprehended, and no arrests had been made as of Monday.

In other police news:

Two people were arrested Oct. 14 after they allegedly used counterfeit bills to pay for items at Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Devonne Johnson, a 30-year-old Hayward resident, and Matika Antoinette Scott, a 29-year-old Oakland resident, were arrested by Pleasanton police after several Stoneridge Mall stores suspected the pair of using fake $100 bills to pay for bras, sunglasses and other items, police stated.

Several Sunglass Hut stores and a Victoria's Secret PINK store allegedly recorded the two buying items with counterfeit bills and then returning the items for cash on their CCTV cameras, police stated. Several stores had run the bills through a detection machine, which determined the bills were fake after the transactions were completed.

On Oct. 14, mall security approached Scott in the Forever 21 store after they had been made aware of the store clerks' suspicions. A clerk at Forever 21 allegedly told police the bills Scott was attempting to use to pay for her purchase were counterfeit.

Police searched her pockets and found a fake $100 bill. Police briefly detained Johnson, but he was released because he didn't have any counterfeit cash on him and police hadn't been made aware of the CCTV footage at that time.

Officers went to find Scott's car after she was arrested and found Johnson in the driver's seat. He was detained again, and police arrested him after they reviewed the CCTV footage that allegedly showed him making purchases with counterfeit cash at Victoria's Secret PINK and Sunglass Hut, along with footage of Scott allegedly returning the purchased items for real cash.

Johnson and Scott were arrested and taken to Santa Rita Jail.

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