Pleasanton police are still searching for the culprits behind a takeover-style robbery of the Wells Fargo on Hopyard Road that led to a police chase with shots fired at an officer and a carjacking before the robbers escaped town on Friday.
The suspects -- described by police as three or four males in dark hoodies and masks -- were considered armed and dangerous on Friday, according to Pleasanton police Capt. Larry Cox. They remained at-large into the weekend.
“This is the first time a takeover-style robbery like this has happened in a long time,” Cox said. “It’s a pretty rare thing for our community … We are very fortunate no one was injured.”
The robbery occurred around 10:40 a.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo bank branch in Hacienda Business Park, at 4967 Hopyard Road. According to Cox, police received an alarm alert from the bank that preceded a number of calls saying armed men had burst into the bank, yelling at patrons and employees to get on the ground.
The robbers then fled from the bank in their GMC Yukon and opened fire on a pursuing police patrol vehicle, according to Cox.
The gunshots did not hit the officer but did strike the hood and front windshield, disabling the police vehicle, according to Lt. Maria Munayer. Cox said the officer was treated for minor wounds resulting from glass shards splintering off the windshield but was quickly released from the hospital.
The robbers then crashed their Yukon and carjacked a brown Honda CRV, according to police. The Yukon is now in police possession, according to Munayer.
They were last spotted on Muirwood Drive, heading toward Springdale Avenue, in the Honda CRV (with license plate number 5USY995).
Police closed four nearby intersections as they searched for the Honda CRV (Stoneridge and Hopyard, Hopyard and Inglewood Drive, Muirwood and Hillview Court, and Muirwood and Olive Drive), but the roadways reopened around 5 p.m. Friday. The East Bay Regional Park District Police Department conducted an aerial search from its helicopter.
The robbers were not located as of Friday evening, and police have not indicated whether any have been caught over the weekend.
“Public safety is our main goal, and I think the public needs to know that these guys are dangerous. They are armed, they are dangerous and they are still outstanding,” Cox said Friday. “We are working on it. We are going to continue to work on it, but if anybody sees the vehicle, if anybody sees these suspects, we are asking the public not to approach them. Just call 9-1-1 and let us do our job.”
He also praised the “overwhelming” support received from local police agencies throughout the region that offered their assistance, and he commended the officer who faced gunfire while pursuing the robbers.
“It’s really important for me, as a leader of this organization, to be able to thank the officer that really put himself in harm's way and really put himself between these dangerous people and our community,” Cox said praising the officer, who has not been identified publicly. “And I want to thank them for that and for what they do everyday.”
Anyone with any additional information on the suspects or the robbery are encouraged to call 9-1-1 or the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100. Cox added that information will be released to the public via social media as it becomes available.