Attempted Armed Robbery in Pleasant Hill – Victim Says Suspect Fired Gun

December 30, 2013 7:00 am · 29 comments

The Pleasant Hill Police are searching for two Hispanic males in their 20′s with dark clothing after an attempted robbery on Maureen Lane on Sunday night just after 6pm.

The following information is from the Pleasant Hill Police:

The victim was confronted by two male suspects as she sat in her parked vehicle on Maureen Lane. One of the suspects demanded she open her vehicle door and brandished a handgun. The victim refused to open her door and called police.

The suspects fled on foot to a nearby parked vehicle (unknown description). Before entering the parked vehicle, the victim reported that the suspect with the handgun fired a single shot in the general direction of the victim’s vehicle.

The suspects then fled the area in their vehicle, last seen westbound on Maureen Lane. The area was searched, but the suspects and their vehicle were not located. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males, in their 20’s, wearing dark clothing and masks over their faces.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact PHPD investigations at 925-288-4630.

{ 29 comments }

1 The Mamba December 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

That takes some serious stones to not open the door, good for her.

2 Anon. December 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

That is a decent area too! Sad that so much crime is happening all over.

3 Don't You Feel Safer Already December 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Welcome to CA where criminals can be confident, because of laws passed by democrats, their victims will NOT have a firearm.

4 VikingPrincess December 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hmmm, curious story, almost seems there is more to it or a case of mistaken identity. They exited with a car, correct? So why take the car if they had one and why even shoot the gun if they are stealing? Did police recover gun casings from alleged shot fired?
Bizarre story… think about it.
I think more to story will come.

5 JV December 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I live on Maureen, and there was one shot fired right at 6:17. Must be connected, there isn’t that much action in this neighborhood.

6 jp December 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I agree….curious. It seems the perps would be familiar with the area – it’s not easily accessible and no freeway nearby. I was wondering about the casings as well – whether or not shots were fired was not confirmed in the article. Additionally there is no way the guys could be identified – young hispanic with masks and dark clothing. Sounds strange. Either way I’m glad she didn’t open her door!

7 dee December 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I agree with VikingPrincess how did she know they where hispanic when they wore masks. bizarre story….

8 Idiocracy December 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

No CCW = this… I bet it took the police 10 to 20 mins to get there too. Lol when are you anti gun ppl gonna wake up and realize the police are always late and never around when you need them ? This is the kind of stuff that happens in Oakland. Would having a gun had helped this woman ? I think if she was an avid shooter then Yes it would of been over in 2.2 and 2 gutter trash lames would be gone saving the tax payers thousands by not having to pay for their jail time. Do I think everyone should be armed or have a CCW = No …. It should be easy for woman to obtain, but both men and woman should have to take a Class and be certified

9 JV December 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Police arrived within 3 minutes. I heard the shot, and walked outside. Six police cars arrived almost immediately.

10 @Viking Princess December 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Where does it say they asked for the car? And if they were trying to steal it, having two drivers would certainly make sense. Otherwise, they would have to leave their car behind.

@dee,
Maybe they spoke with a Hispanic accent.

11 VikingPrincess December 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

It doesn’t say much, thats the point…..except for two people trying to attract attention to someone and themselves firing a gun and had set up a way to get out. The story is vague and seems more to story. Have no interest on speculation without more info.

12 J. December 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Sounds like a car date that went sour.

13 SF CityGirl December 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Sitting in her car, minding her own business??? I think not. She knows her perps.

14 Ian December 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Good thing PHill and California have such strong gun laws preventing citizens from defending themselves or we might have had another Treyvon like situation.

15 anon December 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Never, ever, ever open a door to your car or home to an attacker! Or go with them even if they threaten you with bodily harm or a knife or gun.

There was a retired FBI agent who used to appear on Oprah and PBS who taught that if a potential abductor threatened you to make you open door or make you go with him that he was taking you away to a place where he would have even more control over you and where he would cause greater bodily harm. The retired FBI agent said that even if the attacker shot at you , you would at least be in a place where a paramedic and emergency people would eventually help you rather than yielding to the attacker to be taken to a place where no one would be there to help you.

16 Anon December 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Since all the pro-gun folks are predicting what would’ve/could’ve happened. I’ll try this scenario:

Two thugs sneak up on a women in a car. She is startled and reaches for her firearm, seeing this the thugs unload six shots into her before she is able to aim her weapon. Before they run off, they grab her weapon so that they can sell it on the streets for $100

That was fun. Can we play with some other make believe scenarios?

17 Carol December 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

We are on the next street over from Maureen, but weren’t home. Is there a more exact location available, Mayor? Agreed, story sounds a bit fishy. Wonder if it’s more likely a drug deal gone bad?

18 @Anon 17 December 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM

That’s the beauty of carrying a concealed weapon. You don’t HAVE to pull it out and use it. If you feel like it would escalate the attack against you, you can leave it concealed until you have the element of surprise. It’s not a fix-all, but it adds a viable self-defense option.

19 @Anon #19 December 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Step away from your computer and GTA

20 mika December 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

There must be more to the story than we as being led to believe. . .

21 CJ December 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Channel 2 news just interviewed me about this while I was walking my dog on Maureen.

22 @20 December 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Seriously? You think I play too many video games because I say you don’t have to use a gun, even if you carry one? Whatever.

23 @mika December 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

That’s because you think Kim Kardashian has wisdom, and you are stupid.

24 mika December 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

@20 and @mika–highly unlikely. . .

25 NP January 3, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Just came to this posting. People do not sit in cars on Maureen-the 4-500 block is down the street from me. Very few cars even park on the street. Agree that the victim had to know the attackers-maybe she was followed. Glad someone from the block called PD. And person with the gun comments, stick with the story, not your opinions. We don’t care.

26 JR of the North January 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

I left California a year ago because I took a new position in my company, and I couldn’t stomach selling my rifles and or pistols. (I refused to modify) my AR-15′s or any other rifle to comply, the same was true with my unwillingness to purchase 10 rd magazines to be compliant with a laws that weaken our rights and defensive capabilities.
I live in Oregon now. We have all these crazy Constitutional rights that Ca. doesn’t think you are worthy of having. Here we can protect ourselves, each other, our property, etc.. The only people concerned with my guns are violent criminals/burglars. http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/161.219
By the way.. Crime is a lot lower here. It seems that criminals tend to shy away from violent crime/burglary when the potential victims are armed. I think they know that getting shot and or killed really hampers their hopes of re-offending.

The Second Amendment was to protect ourselves from criminals and our own government..

To facilitate a natural right of self-defense.
To participate in law enforcement.
To enable the people to organize a militia system.
To repel invasion; suppress insurrection.
To deter tyrannical government.

The reasons are just as valid today as they were when it was included as part of the first ten amendments comprising the Bill of Rights.

So why would Sen. Feinstein, Ca. Sen.Yee, Ca. Sen. Hancock try to ban ALL semi automatic rifles that have a attached magazine by way of Ca. Senate Bill 374. They say it would reduce crime. They claim these weapons are a real problem that requires action. She calls them “Assault Weapons” when she refers to our ownership, but when she spends our tax dollars to arm Police with these same rifles, she calls them Personal Defense Weapons. Strange how terminology changes with her.

The FBI -Bureau of Justice Statistics cited 8,583 (nationwide) homicides where a handgun or other type was used. Of those 8,583 (nationwide) homicides, rifles were used a whopping 323 times (nationwide)
So by doing some quick math. (Deer rifles, Lever actions, So called “Assault Weapons” were used a whopping 3.7% of the time across the U.S.
They say that they possess a certain lethality that we should not own. Far too dangerous…
BTW, In the same 2011 report:
Knives or cutting instruments were used 1,694 times to murder people.
Blunt force (clubs, hammers) were used 496 times to murder people.

Why is the State of Government so concerned about rifle then?
A rifle, produces higher power, longer range, and allows for more ammo to be utilized. Precisely what they don’t want, you to have the means and ability to defy or effectively protect yourself from their will. A rifle is the primary weapon of any soldier, freedom fighter around the world stands a testament to their purpose and use. Police nationwide have requested and been issued AR-15′s for their protection against criminals. They swear by it’s usefulness and purpose. I agree.

The Bill of Rights isn’t a list of suggestions, or hopes. They are rights guaranteed to you. That can’t be taken or legislated away. The Second Amendment allows for our self-defense, to aid law enforcement, to be able to assemble an armed militia to repel invasion, or to confront our own Government by force if necessary to make certain our voice and will is heard.

Considering all those reasons for the Second Amendment, an AR-15 isn’t such a strange item to have handy. The Supreme Court of the United States agrees, adopting a “in common use at the time” standard for the types of weapons we can possess. (United States v. Miller, 1939) It makes certain we will always have arms that are comparable to that of the Police and Government. To act in concert in defense of the state from invaders from afar, or from tyranny from within.

Try and remember, we own this country, not the Government.

When the State or Government suggests that disarming you will somehow lower crime, it is quite obvious that their goals are not ours. Disarming the law abiding would only benefit two parties, Criminals and the Government.
Criminals love unarmed victims, and Governments love to rule without opposition or means to resist.

“The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny, and it is useless for the innocent to try by reasoning to get justice, when the oppressor intends to be unjust.”

Aesop.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8
District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)
McDonald v. Chicago (2010)

27 MapleSyrupSmuggler January 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

@Anon, LOL.

This is why I am looking to move out of CA this year.

28 To Anon #16 January 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Lets continue your play roll game and take it to another scenario…
A woman and her two grown children are traveling from CA to another state to visit family. They are all tired from driving all night so they pull into a rest area in NV. It is 2am. The mom parks the car under a light and between two other vehicles leaves her two adult kids to get compfy and walks across the parking lot to the bathroom. Upon her return to her vehicle, she notices two pick-ups entering the rest area thru the exit driving abnormally slow. The mom decides to get in on the passenger side of her SUV and keep an eye on the two pick-ups. with in seconds the pickups have stopped behind her SUV and one hispanic dressed rather nicely approches her vehicle and knocks on the window asking her to roll down the window. She refuses so he proceeds to ask for an air compressor so that he can blow up some air mattresses. Again she refuses to assist. He attempts again with another request, anything to get this mom out of her vehicle. The mom realizing this, opens her glove box and reaches in and pulls out her CCW and without waving it in the mans face just smiles and says she is sorry but she cannot help him and that he needs to move along. The man sees the CCW as well as the man who happened to be standing on the driver side of her vehicle and says something to him in spanish and the two pick-ups flee very quickly out of the rest area and disappear.

The moral of this scenario….The mom gets to LIVE to tell this story without a scratch one on her and her two children!

OH! and two weeks prior to this scenario, there had been a rape and muder at this rest area invovling two pick-ups and a bunch of well dressed hispanic men. This mom positively ID’d one of those men all because she kept her cool and had a CCW!

29 Rollo Tomasi January 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

@ #4 and #6:

Regarding casings, have you heard of revolvers?

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