UPDATE: Senator Mark DeSaulnier Helps Rescue Home Invasion Victims, Calls the Crime “Unacceptable”

February 24, 2014 21:14 pm · 58 comments

A state senator who on Sunday helped rescue a woman and her grandson following an armed home invasion robbery in Concord said today the crime was “unacceptable.”

Sen. Mark DeSaulnier was reading in his backyard at his home off Pine Hollow Rd. when, at about 3:15 p.m., he heard a boy pounding on his door.

The boy and his grandmother had been tied up at the house next door to DeSaulnier’s with duct tape and robbed at gunpoint before the three suspects fled the scene.

DeSaulnier called 911 and went next door, where the grandmother lives, to wait with her and the boy, he said.

The boy had managed to free himself and his grandmother before running to DeSaulnier’s house for help.

“The boy was very upset,” DeSaulnier said. “They had been bound up and duct taped. (The boy) just got loose and was courageous enough to run out of the front door.”

DeSaulnier said the boy and his grandmother weren’t sure if the suspects were still in the house when they escaped, but when Concord police showed up in force just a few minutes later, they determined the suspects were no longer in the home.

The boy and his grandmother were shaken up, though were not seriously injured.

DeSaulnier said this kind of crime was “very unusual” for the neighborhood, but that no one should have to suffer through a home invasion robbery no matter where they live.

“I have to say it’s just unacceptable that this happens anywhere,” he said. “A grandmother should be able to sit in her home with her grandchild and not have to worry about three armed men coming to the door with guns and taping them up.”

The suspects are described as three Hispanic men.

The first suspect is estimated to be between 20 and 30 years of age, standing 6 feet tall and was wearing a red shirt.

The second suspect is estimated to be 19 years of age, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and was also wearing a red shirt.

The third suspect is described as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall, with short buzzed hair and a birthmark above his upper lip. He was wearing a light blue shirt, a dark jacket and blue pants at the time of the robbery, police said.

Anyone with additional information about this crime is asked to call Concord police at (925) 671-3030. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Concord police tip line at (925) 603-5836.


Anonymous February 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Thank you Mark, for your stunning wisdom. Many people , no doubt, thought a home invasion was OK.

Anonymous February 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM

This was my family. Thank you to the Senator for helping them during their time of need. This was just awful and we are thankful he was there to help calm them down.

Laura Zah February 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

As opposed to “acceptable” crime?

Noflow February 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Is there ever an “acceptable” crime?

Upsetjet February 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Anyone who robs a child and a grandmother deserves nothing less then to be tortured and given a long, slow, and painful death. Perhaps a public lynching. I know i would show up with front row tickets. They MUST suffer for what they have done and be held accountable for their actions

P. H. Neighbor February 24, 2014 at 9:46 PM

This is horrific! Thank God these two are okay! This little boy will forever have this in his memory. These three evil people need to be found…I have to agree with Upsetjet!

Always Right February 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

I hope these criminals are caught and brought to justice.

And speaking of justice, wouldn’t be surprised at all if these criminals were part of the cohort of early releases enabled by Senator DeSaulnier’s misguided vote for “realignment”. (The chickens may have come home to roost.)

Sometimes it takes being a victim (or near victim) of crime for people to wake up and realize we do need more jails and a slap on the wrist just doesn’t work.

Nick February 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Thank goodness this family is okay. And thanks to Mr. DeSaulnier for helping them..

This isn’t the time for politics. Have a little class…..

Show a little appreciation February 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Why do people hiding behind their computers have to be such smarta$$es?

@Always Right #7 – the issues that lead to the early releases are so much more complicated than you lead us to believe. For starters, there were/are serious health and safety issues with overcrowded jail facilities where inmates start filing lawsuits about the conditions. You can’t keep stuffing violent offenders into limited space – it becomes unmanageable and the system starts breaking down. Since there aren’t any funds for new facilities or expanding old ones, please tell us your solution, we’re all ears.

WTF? February 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM


If you would show up for a public lynching with “front row tickets”, it doesn’t say much about your mentality.

You might want to try growing up.

mutts February 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Always Right IS right. Criminals need no sympathy. Too bad if jails are overcrowded.

sandra February 24, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’m not sure how showing up after the fact constitutes “helping to rescue” anyone, and I’m curious that Mr. DeSaulnier heard nothing while sitting in his back yard during this invasion. But I’m glad he was there to reassure the boy and grandmother until the police arrived. If it had been anyone else, I doubt we would have heard just how unacceptable such crimes are.

Please.. February 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Not the time for politics? Desaulnier has been lining up the TV shots like crazy. You would think he was a hero, which he wasn’t. This is all about putting another wimp in place of Miller.

Q. Why do we keep electing the same ineffective people to office? Not satisfied with almost bankrupting the county, he presided over huge cost over runs on the Bay Bridge, twiddeled his thumbs over the BART strike and is thinking of ways to screw up the whole country.

Elwood February 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM

@ Nick #8

” Have a little class…..”

Good advice, Nick. You should give it to Marky Mark. He’s sorely lacking in that department.

Upsetjet February 24, 2014 at 11:06 PM

@WTF #10
Do you think some time behind bars and some community service is going to fix those 3 idiots that would do such a thing to a child and an old lady? That is the problem with our country is it is run by people like you! And hell yes i would enjoy with great pleasure watching scum bags like that get what they deserve. Has nothing to do with my mentality. It has to do with whats right.

Anonymous February 24, 2014 at 11:14 PM

My prediction: CPD will have them in custody and soon.

Anon February 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

“Since there aren’t any funds for new facilities or expanding old ones, please tell us your solution, we’re all ears.”

The money is there– just look at the money in this state that is spent on welfare & give away programs.

Also- why was this some picked ??
Is there are relative why deals drugs or the like ??

Nancy February 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Upsetjet, what’s right is justice in a court of law. You’re very childish, and it shows. Once again, you need to grow up. Public lynchings were outlawed quite some time ago. Trust me, your mentality is screwed up. Criminals belong in prison, not hung in the town square.

Anon February 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I’ve heard of other incidents in the neighborhood that haven’t been in the media. I also live in the neighborhood and it’s starting to be concerning. I’d love to see the community come together to form a neighborhood watch.

Rollo Tomasi February 25, 2014 at 12:26 AM

“Criminals belong in prison, not hung in the town square.”

Opinions vary, don’t they?

Dave Mitchell February 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Is anyone else alarmed at the rate of crime caused by Hispanic males here in Concord???

Upsetjet February 25, 2014 at 12:43 AM

@nancy #18

It has been shown that our prison systems are failing and that a large percentage of prisoners are repeat offenders. How am i childish? Just curious? Iam glad its ok for you to have your opinion, but when i voice mine you say its wrong. I think your the one that needs to grow up. I say fry those 3 mexicans!!!

RunDogRun February 25, 2014 at 3:19 AM

“Criminal” is tying up an old woman and
stealing her belongings. “Unacceptable”
is sneezing without covering your mouth.
Big difference our lawmakers apparently
don’t comprehend.

Always Right February 25, 2014 at 5:18 AM

@show a little appreciation –

The overcrowding that triggered a court order to release and resulting realignment was the result of over 40 years of Democrat (aka DeSaulinier) rule in the California State Legislature.

Democrats did NOT have to release these criminals early. They could have resolved the problem by paying to have the overflow housed out of state until new prisons were built.

Bottom line: Democrat politicians would much rather direct tax revenue to line the pockets of their government union bosses and welfare voter base than to build prisons. Most Democrat politicians live in upper class “safe” neighborhoods and rarely feel the consequences of their actions.

Always Right February 25, 2014 at 5:27 AM

@Dave Mitchell –

Welcome to California. Over half of the kids in K-12 are Hispanic. Of course there are a lot of Hispanic criminals out there. Has to do with the sheer size of the Hispanic population.

If you run the numbers, you will find that Mexicans are no more likely to be criminals than whites are when adjusted for income level. Mostly good hard working people with good family values. They really should be Republicans.

Anonymous February 25, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Nice job on the part of DeSaulnier turning this into a story about candidate DeSaulnier.

Safety Second February 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM

DeSaulneir is NO public servan or savior. He is a career America-hating politician who fights against the 2nd Amendment right of his neighbors to protect themselves and who provides cover to the illegal aliens who terrorize his neighborhood. THAT is “unacceptable.” And the dumbass voters will continue to reelect this radical leftwing elitist.

Anon February 25, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Upsetjet you are an idiot just go draw in your books in your little house and don’t ever come out

Anon February 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM

“Is anyone else alarmed at the rate of crime caused by Hispanic males here in Concord???”

It is not politically correct to think, talk or act about this type of thing. Forget it is happening.MAPA & similiar groups have more power than you know.

do you think they got the wrong address February 25, 2014 at 7:44 AM

And really meant to go after Mark’s house instead?? He heard nothing from the backyard? Nothing at all?? Reading is a quiet hobby, I imagine a home invasion, an armed one at that would be quite loud at first, as it is such a disturbing event. Mark is a known public figure, grandma, um, probably not so much. Home invasions carry serious sentences. What did grandma have that is worth many years in prison? Not thinking much, however, thinking about that big hotshot Mark Desaulnier’s goods, maybe worth a try? Either way, so totally f’d up!!!!! Poor grandma and lil one!!! But then again we do have grand babies parents… Who knows who they are or who they might have pissed off. Can’t wait to see the mugshots, which will be soon. These lowlife scum always get caught. If Mark didn’t have cameras, oh me oh my, he’s got them now!

Custer February 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

“Criminal” is tying up an old woman and
stealing her belongings. “Inappropriate”
is using the wrong fork at a fancy dinner
party — or wearing a muscle tee, shorts,
and flip flops to a funeral — or using the
word “inappropriate” to describe something
that is really “criminal.” Apparently our
lawmakers don’t know the difference.

The word “inappropriate” has been used
inappropriately since Bill Clinton admitted
he had an “inappropriate” relationship with
Monica Lewinsky. What he did was cheat on
his wife, lie to the electorate about it, and
in some states break the law — a “criminal”
act. Saying it was “inappropriate” was his
way of minimizing its significance.

There is no way the events described in this
post were anything other than “criminal.”

@Safety Second February 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

When I read posts from the likes of you and your ilk, it makes me laugh. Besides the second amendment, can you name any others? Maybe you should Google them.

DeSaulnier is no savior or saint, but he’s definitely no ideologue and he represents the majority of the population he serves.

The Professor February 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Glad the family is ok. But something does not smell right.

Nobody heard anything. I doubt the intruders whispered for the kid and Gma to be quiet.
Both the kid and Gma were free (the boy managed to free himself and his Gma before running next door). Why didn’t Gma go next door too? If I have violent criminals in my house, I’m leaving ASAP.
Why go next door and wait there? Again, there might be armed maniacs lurking inside. Get the kid and Gma locked into Mark’s house and wait for CPD.
This all seems very coincidental that it happened right next door to a political wonk who is running for his biggest meal ticket who happened to be home and think that a crime is unacceptable.

@The Professor February 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

You may need to go back to school. There are so many accounts of people on Claycord who still open their doors to anyone who knocks. This sounds random. Isn’t it possible that they knocked on the door and busted in when the door was opened? Then they were done and the boy and Gma got free but she had her heart issues, so the boy went next door and got Mark. Why would some young thugs want to get involved with a State Senator?

Me thinks you have conspiracy theory-itis. Let’s wait for the facts to come out.

Cracky McGee February 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

He went next door to wait with the grandma & the boy after the boy indicated he did not know if the suspects were still in the house?? Doesn’t make sense …

The Mama February 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

@ #30 – I was thinking the exact same thing,

Conspiracy Idiots February 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Listen to yourselves, my God the majority of commentors here are just ridiculous.The majority of comments are just ridiculous. It’s unfortunate the Comments section of this blog has been taken over by right wing mouth breathers and conspiracy theorist. Mr. Mayor, its hurts the credibility of your Blog

Scott February 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Yeah it really does hurt to have differing opinions freely expressed. Give me a break. What really hurts the credibility of this blog is when comments of opposite opinions are deleted on this site and on the Facebook page. The guy isn’t a hero for opening a door and walking to his neighbors house. If the Senator’s neighbors had used a gun he would most likely view them as unacceptable. People are tired of career politicians, especially but not exclusively liberal Democrats, getting a free ride on the problems their policies create. If it was up to politicians like this sham of a senator, our ability to defend ourselves would be completely taken away while getting our taxes doubled as a “you’re welcome.”

Matt February 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Always Right, blacks and Hispanics commit a disproportionate amount of crimes, regardless of income.

Whites and Asians, especially Japanese, commit less crimes.

Before anyone accuses me of being a “racist white guy”, I’m a Hispanic male in his 30’s. I’ve lived in PH all my life.

It’s offensive when I hear “blacks and Hispanics” live by a “different code of ethics.”

But I think we all know, regardless of race or income, that blacks and Hispanics are known to glorify violence. Whites and Asians glorify education.

The truth hurts.

RANDOM TASK February 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

@8 umm what do you think is the reason desaucey is rambling on for ……all politics

Nancy February 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

@ Random Task—40

Get a life. You’re about as happy as Atticus. He was a next door neighbor helping out a family.

If you think you can do a better job, run for office yourself.

Claycord is not responsible for your miserable life, or lack thereof.

Your constant negativity and bitterness is very draining.

I'm with #41 February 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Really! It’s exhausting to read all of the comments from you armchair quarterbacks who have all the answers while you sit comfortably in your livingrooms. I’m with #41. If you think you can do a better job as Senator, Mayor, Governor, President…. go for it. Get out of your chair, go to school, run for office and be that one perfect politician who will save our country. I look forward to voting for you!

the number of people who complain February 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

About what and how other people post is amazing. Give it a break Nancy.Your ALWAYS complaining.

Yhe Phantom February 25, 2014 at 7:27 PM

“But I think we all know, regardless of race or income, that blacks and Hispanics are known to glorify violence. Whites and Asians glorify education.”

– The extreme stupidity of this remark is beyond my wildest imaginings…it’s 2014 and some knucklehead is slugging along in a hallucination on the Internet.

Hollywood glorifies racial stereotypical violence, but movies are NOT REAL. Gang violence is a function of drug sales territory management.
Current staffing plans and markets are dominated by inner city populations that are generally black and Hispanic.

“The thinly distributed bigoted, racist, neo Nazi, psychotic minority has inflicted themselves on the Internet in a way never available to them before this time. We are better able to measure their malfeasance and smoldering hate.

Whites glorify education? …not apparently.

Yhe Phantom February 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

– State Senator Mark DeSaulnier for Congress 2014 – the Good Concord Solution as our leadership voice in Washington.
– For a list of his wide spread and diverse supporters:

@Yhf Pfantom February 25, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Your funny. Sad but funny.

Gary February 25, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Yup….look at DeSaulnier’s contributors. Bought and paid for by every union.

And you wonder why the finances of this state and county have tanked.

Lisa February 25, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Blacks and Hispanics to glorify violence. Not all, but in the inner city and barrios they sure as hell do. Every heard of GANG MEMBERS?

You are as stupid as stupid gets. A Hispanic friend of mine in WC won’t step foot in the Mission District in SF.

He can’t stand Surenos, Nortenos, or whoever they are. He says lowlife Hispanics make him and the rest of race look bad. I totally agree.

Is it discriminatory? Absolutely. Tell them to clean up their act, and society won’t have to worry, will they?

I attended USC in South Central LA. If I had to do it all over again, I would’ve attended UCLA. West LA is more my style…..

RANDOM TASK February 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM

so if everything is good under the 40 year regime of dem control explain to us all why…….? The pot holes gross misuse of funds ….Cal trans doing what ever it wants ….corruption and so much taxation and yet still have a diminished police force as well as fire stations …so yes tell us all how my negativity is more draining than the dems in our wallets. I eagerly await your highly educated mastery of how the dems have made this state better and are striving to make it even better ……..( bullet train ) explain that one please …….we all are waiting

juanita February 25, 2014 at 8:41 PM

im a black woman from bay point. black people and latino’s do commit more crimes. stevie wonder can see that. does it piss me off when I hear people say it? ya, but it aint white folks fault they got their act together, and blacks and Mexicans are in and out of prison, rehab, job, welfare and food stamp fraud. white liberals like yhe phantom are the worst. they want to give all black and brown folks handouts. we need hand up, not handout. white liberals want to make excuses for us. we need to listen to bill cosby. quit having kids out of wedlock. stay off drugs. graduate from high school. no ged. matt—he latino. he keeping it real. we need to vote!!!!

D-SHOT February 25, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Sounds pretty darn fishy to me. That’s a fake story. Wonder how much he paid that family to make the whole thing up. I call BS.


Alan February 25, 2014 at 10:17 PM

@ Curry—-52

I can’t speak for Matt, but I’m sure he’s referring to crime in general. Overall stats. Behind prison walls.

Do I agree with him? I do. Is it sad? It is. Would I ever talk like that openly? No. I’d keep my mouth shut. Some things are better left unsaid.

Will I agree with him on a blog? Yes. It is true. You can’t paint everybody with a broad brush. But stereotypes aren’t pulled out of thin blue air. There’s always a basis for it.

As long as you treat everyone the same (with dignity and respect). Nobody is any better. Some people are just better off.

Antler February 25, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Jaunita at #50 ….. Thank you!

Puddintain February 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

@Yhe Phantom #44, calm down. Don’t waste your time on this. It’s a troll! Save your energy, we NEED you!!!

Puddintain February 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Antler, that also was a troll. It’s here.

Anon March 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

@Yhe Phanturd

Blow a gasket, blow your grandson, but just go away, loser.

Steve March 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Ok, Juanita and Mary. You’re welcome in Lamorinda any time.

Steve March 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Curry, you’re confused. You don’t understand stats.

If African Americans and Hispanics are 12-13% of the population (each), and I do believe they are. If they’re committing more than 12-13% of the crimes, and they are, then they’re committing a disproportionate amount of crimes.

That’s all you need to know.

Unfortunately, justice isn’t black or white, it’s green. Poorer people (of any race) will never be treated fairly in a court of law. That’s skews the prison stats.

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