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Pleasanton police report armed robbery on Bernal Avenue

Pedestrian pistol-whipped after robbers take laptop bag Thursday night

The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating a robbery near Bernal Community Park during which two armed people stole a pedestrian's laptop bag and pistol-whipped the victim before fleeing the area on Thursday night.

The situation unfolded just before 9 p.m. in the area of Bernal Avenue and Oak Vista Way, near Fire Station No. 4 and across from the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The victim was walking eastbound on the pedestrian path along Bernal Avenue when he was approached by two people who pulled out handguns and demanded his laptop bag, according to police.

The victim turned over the bag, which contained his laptop, cellphone and wallet, police said. Before the robbers fled, one hit the victim in the face with a handgun, causing a cut to the bridge of his nose that required medical attention.

The robbers rushed away toward the Chevron station at the corner of Bernal and Valley avenues and escaped the area without being caught, police said. The victim ran home and called 9-1-1.

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The culprits remain at-large as of Friday morning. Police described their first suspect as a Hispanic man, approximately 25-35 years old, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The victim could not provide a description for the second robber, police said.

Investigators said anyone with information about the robbery should contact the department at 931-5100.

Police also advised that Thursday night's incident served as a good reminder for people to always be aware of their surroundings.

"If you see someone or something suspicious, call the police," police said in their Nixle alert about the robbery. "If contacted, continue walking, don't break your stride. Don't fight with an attacker or robber; your possessions are not worth getting hurt over. All of it can be replaced."

This marked the second high-profile armed robbery in Pleasanton in as many weeks. Police are still searching for the men behind a takeover-style robbery of the Wells Fargo bank in Hacienda before they opened fire on police before escaping the city on Feb. 8.

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Pleasanton police report armed robbery on Bernal Avenue

Pedestrian pistol-whipped after robbers take laptop bag Thursday night

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 22, 2019, 11:06 am
Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 2:36 pm

The Pleasanton Police Department is investigating a robbery near Bernal Community Park during which two armed people stole a pedestrian's laptop bag and pistol-whipped the victim before fleeing the area on Thursday night.

The situation unfolded just before 9 p.m. in the area of Bernal Avenue and Oak Vista Way, near Fire Station No. 4 and across from the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The victim was walking eastbound on the pedestrian path along Bernal Avenue when he was approached by two people who pulled out handguns and demanded his laptop bag, according to police.

The victim turned over the bag, which contained his laptop, cellphone and wallet, police said. Before the robbers fled, one hit the victim in the face with a handgun, causing a cut to the bridge of his nose that required medical attention.

The robbers rushed away toward the Chevron station at the corner of Bernal and Valley avenues and escaped the area without being caught, police said. The victim ran home and called 9-1-1.

The culprits remain at-large as of Friday morning. Police described their first suspect as a Hispanic man, approximately 25-35 years old, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. The victim could not provide a description for the second robber, police said.

Investigators said anyone with information about the robbery should contact the department at 931-5100.

Police also advised that Thursday night's incident served as a good reminder for people to always be aware of their surroundings.

"If you see someone or something suspicious, call the police," police said in their Nixle alert about the robbery. "If contacted, continue walking, don't break your stride. Don't fight with an attacker or robber; your possessions are not worth getting hurt over. All of it can be replaced."

This marked the second high-profile armed robbery in Pleasanton in as many weeks. Police are still searching for the men behind a takeover-style robbery of the Wells Fargo bank in Hacienda before they opened fire on police before escaping the city on Feb. 8.

Comments

BukLau
Avila
on Feb 22, 2019 at 3:03 pm
BukLau, Avila
on Feb 22, 2019 at 3:03 pm
52 people like this

Remember to keep voting for minimum sentences for criminals, open borders, sanctuary cities, and your great speaker Gavin N as governor. Nothing like pistol whippings in pleasanton.


Dena
Walnut Hills
on Feb 22, 2019 at 5:18 pm
Dena, Walnut Hills
on Feb 22, 2019 at 5:18 pm
30 people like this

You two are awful, I live on this street and this family just moved in about a month ago. Could we focus on the injured man instead of your snippy comments?

Most likely locals from the area and a crime of opportunity.

Wishing him a speedy recovery and hopping a few bad apples won't ruin his view of the neighborhood


Pleasanton Parent
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 23, 2019 at 12:01 am
Pleasanton Parent, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Feb 23, 2019 at 12:01 am
25 people like this

I agree with buklau


No street lights ?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 2:07 am
No street lights ?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 2:07 am
15 people like this

Why are there no street lights installed on the side of the road on Bernal Avenue next to the Bernal Community Park? It is pitch black on that side of the road. It is so dark no wonder the criminals have decided that this is a great location to mug people.

Wasn't it the city's responsibility to install street lights on Bernal Avenue next to Bernal Community Park and the whole area around it when the city got ownership of this land and developed the Bernal Community Park?

The city owns this property and is so cheap they never installed street lights in that section of town on that side of the road. The Pleasanton Weekly should ask the city why they decided to purposefully not install street lights on Bernal Avenue and hold the city accountable.


No street lights?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 2:17 am
No street lights?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 2:17 am
6 people like this

The city failed to install any street lights on Bernal Avenue above the sidewalk along this stretch of road - no wonder it is where muggers target innocent pedestrians....

The pictures clearly show no street lights:

Web Link

including the intersection of Oak Vista Way and Bernal
Web Link


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Feb 23, 2019 at 9:26 am
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Feb 23, 2019 at 9:26 am
22 people like this

Armed bank robberies, armed holdups...yep, Pleasanton is now officially part of the East Bay crime community. I think the sale of pepper spray on Amazon is about to rise. Don't leave home without it! Sanctuary state my posterior.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 11:49 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 23, 2019 at 11:49 am
14 people like this

Crime rate in Pleasanton is way lower than it was 30 - 40 years ago. Immigrants have lower crime than non-immigrants. More immigration lowers the crime rate, not raises it.

Don't be ignorant. We already have Trump and Ocasio-Cortez!


New lenient sentencing guidelines are a problem -- BukLau is right about that.


Pete
Downtown
on Feb 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm
Pete, Downtown
on Feb 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm
19 people like this

I lived here 40 years ago and there was very little crime. No bank robberies nor armed assaults. Pleasanton has become dangerous.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 23, 2019 at 4:51 pm
7 people like this

@Pete,

The crime rate was higher. It has been reported over and over. There are occasional articles where local (Pleasanton) police cite real crime statistics showing that it was higher 30 and 40 years ago. You can read them. It is a fact. There certainly were bank robberies, assaults, battery, and rapes 40 years ago in Pleasanton.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Feb 23, 2019 at 6:36 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Feb 23, 2019 at 6:36 pm
10 people like this

Hi BobB,

Do you think you could provide a link to support your claim that the crime rate was higher "30 and 40 years ago"? I've looked and can't find anything to support this so if you could direct me to your source it would be appreciated. I've lived here since 1975 and I'm pretty sure we had less crime before Stoneridge and the business parks were built but I could be wrong.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:47 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:47 am
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@James,

I provided several links in the Costco discussion when NIMBYS were claiming that Costco would increase crime. There were also interviews with Pleasanton police where crime statistics were given.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:02 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:02 am
8 people like this

@James Michael,

Here's one that goes from 2009 back to 1988. There was another that showed a drop from 2009 to 2013.

Web Link


Pete
Downtown
on Feb 24, 2019 at 11:12 am
Pete, Downtown
on Feb 24, 2019 at 11:12 am
12 people like this

Don't believe their numbers and they do not either. Talk to a cop that trusts you and they will tell you the stats are tainted. They are keeping their own stats and are judge, jury, and executioner. I don't know how long you have been here but in the 70's and 80's it was a much nicer place in terms of crime.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 11:29 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 11:29 am
6 people like this

@Pete,

As far as I can tell we are talking to different cops. I don't know how you know the official numbers are wrong.


James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Feb 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm
3 people like this

Thanks, BobB, but a link to a Pleasanton Patch article from almost 10 years ago is not much of a link. I'll keep researching on my own when I can't sleep.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm
2 people like this

Another one.

Web Link


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm
2 people like this

@James Michael,

I would be curious to see any links that say the crime rate in Pleasanton is higher lately than 30 years ago.


No street lights?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm
No street lights?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2019 at 10:27 pm
18 people like this

Of course, crimes are way up in Pleasanton.

In 2017, there were 1,782 reported vs 1,358 in 2007.

The biggest increases are in Robbery (53 vs 19) and Larceny/Theft (1,416 vs 1,009). Rapes have doubled.

I haven't seen the 2018 statistics yet, but don't expect any decrease from 2017.

Given the Wells Fargo just had a daytime hold-up in broad daylight, I would say criminals see Pleasanton as an easy target.





BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:42 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:42 am
4 people like this

@street lights,

Way lower crime rate than 30 years ago. Look at the articles posted. There are many more. They come straight from the Pleasanton police department.


BobB
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:45 am
BobB, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:45 am
6 people like this

"The rate of serious crimes has seen a nearly steady decline over the last 20 years or so, with a peak in 1994 of 39.8 crimes per 1,000 population. It now stands at 18.7 per 1,000, less than half of 1994, although up slightly from 2011, when there were 18.2 serious crimes per 1,000."


Rick
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:15 am
Rick, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:15 am
5 people like this

The reality is that most, but not all, serious crimes are caused by people that come from outside the Pleasanton area so I’m not crimes statistics based on the number per Pleasanton resident are relavant.


Pete
Downtown
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:18 am
Pete, Downtown
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:18 am
6 people like this

When I moved here the population was 17,000 and we were isolated because Dublin and Livermore were small also. Heck there want even a Dublin or Foothill High and those kids all went Amador. We need now have what 85,000 people in Pleasanton and the surrounding areas are now connected to us. To try and say we have less crime now that then is beyond reason. Your far to trusting of police stats.


Doug
Birdland
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:55 am
Doug, Birdland
on Feb 25, 2019 at 10:55 am
4 people like this

@Pete

No one is saying that we have less total crime than when Pleasanton was smaller. What Bob wrote is that we have less crime per capita than in the ‘90’s, and that’s true. If you’re concerned about the probability that you as an individual will be a victim of a crime, then you should be looking at the per capita crime rate of a community.


patcher
Downtown
on Feb 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm
patcher, Downtown
on Feb 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm
11 people like this

It disgusts me that these criminals got away, and how terrifying it must have been for the victim and his family.

Personal Reality. Times have definitely changed. We moved to Pleasanton in 1991 to raise our family. We loved the small town feel and wonderful community, and never felt unsafe.

I used to feel fine leaving my windows open at night, or stepping outside without thinking about scanning the area for suspicious activity. All of that has changed in a pretty significant way in just a matter of a few years.

Since then, we've had a car stolen from our driveway, two car break-ins, and a house burglary. Because of our alertness, and the great work of PPD, two criminals were caught red-handed. It was great to see these jerks being handcuffed. The car thief had an extensive criminal history with ties to P-town, as did the other one who did the car break-in. The person who kicked in the back door of our house was presumably the same person caught in another burglary that same day across town. His connection to the area is unknown.

This doesn't count the person in our neighborhood who also had her car stolen, or the number of other burglaries, car thefts, front porch package thefts, etc. committed in recent times; nor does it include the armed bank robbery with shots fired, or this Bernal Park area armed robbery.

In all the years we've been here, nothing has compared to recently reported crimes; whether committed in broad daylight, the middle of the night, from locked or unlocked vehicles, having security cameras or not, police pursuit or not. For us, we still love Pleasanton, but it just doesn't feel as comfortable and safe anymore.






James Michael
Registered user
Val Vista
on Feb 25, 2019 at 2:33 pm
James Michael, Val Vista
Registered user
on Feb 25, 2019 at 2:33 pm
4 people like this

Statistics can always be manipulated to support or refute any given argument or position. It's the tool of the politician. And patcher is right...most of us don't feel as safe here as we once did. Safer than Oakland? Of course, but not safer than "30 or 40 years" ago. That's why we have seen the proliferation of cameras and security on our houses and the growth of the non lethal protection industry.


LanceM
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 11:04 pm
LanceM, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2019 at 11:04 pm
8 people like this

I don't feel "less safe" than 30 years ago. [removed]

Or maybe the crime rate in your specific neighborhood has changed.


Jake Waters
Birdland
on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:38 am
Jake Waters, Birdland
on Feb 26, 2019 at 8:38 am
6 people like this

First, just because the police described one of the suspects as ‘Hispanic’ doesn’t mean that the suspect is an illegal alien. But, more to the point, reflecting on a statement above: “More Immigration lowers the crime rate.” Are you talking Illegal or legal Immigration? First, illegal aliens immediately commit a crime once they enter the country. Secondly, they either remain underground or fraudulently acquire an identity. This report reflects the illegal alien crime in this country by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Quarterly Alien Incarceration Report Highlighting the Negative Effects of Illegal Immigration and the Need for Border Security: Web Link


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