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.