Three teenagers were taken into custody after Pleasanton police allege they attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint in the Stoneridge Shopping Center parking lot on Monday afternoon.
The investigation began at about 1 p.m. Monday when Pleasanton police received calls about a possible armed robbery in the "D" parking lot at the mall in northwest Pleasanton, according to Lt. Erik Silacci.
The woman was getting out of her vehicle when three strangers approached her and demanded she hand over her purse and her car keys, according to Silacci.
During the encounter, one would-be robber grabbed the victim by the arms while another pointed a semiautomatic pistol toward her face, Silacci said.
"The victim pulled away from the suspects and yelled for help. The suspects fled on foot into the Stoneridge Shopping Center and, fortunately, the victim was uninjured when officers arrived on scene," the lieutenant said.
Working with BART Police Department officers and mall security, Pleasanton police officers and detectives soon located all three suspects and recovered a gun, according to Silacci. Two of the suspects were arrested at the nearby West Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station while the third suspect was apprehended inside the mall.
The three suspects, each of whom was an underage teenager from a city outside of Pleasanton, were taken to Alameda County Juvenile Hall and booked on multiple felony charges, according to Silacci. The arrestees' names were not released publicly due to their age.
All three face suspicion of conspiracy and attempted robbery, although the latter charge could change to attempted carjacking, pending further investigation, Silacci said. One of the arrestees could also be charged with possessing a gun with its serial number defaced as well as being a minor in possession of ammunition.
Anyone with information related to the case can contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.