Two armed robberies, one on the street outside the Crow Canyon Country Club, the other during an alleged drug sale – kept Danville police investigators busy last week.
The first of two unrelated stickups was reported just before midnight Jan. 6 when a local man, driving on El Capitan near the Crow Canyon Country Club, was surprised by a black Toyota truck which suddenly pulled in front of him. Investigators said a man in a ski mask exited the truck and produced a semi-automatic handgun – demanding the motorist’s ATM card.
Later in the week, on Jan. 9, a 20-year-old Brentwood man and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested in connection with the robbery of a Danville teen who allegedly lost marijuana, money, and his cell phone during what police described as a marijuana sale gone wrong at the intersection of Old Orchard Road and Tweed Drive.
Police were called to the scene at 7:15 p.m. by a 17-year-old Danville teen who told officers they met with the suspect to consummate the sale of some marijuana. Instead, police say, the suspect pointed a gun at the teen and took the marijuana, cash, and phone before running off.
Officers followed leads to San Ramon where they allegedly found the suspect’s car – with some of the stolen items in plain view. A K9 unit from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office was able to track down the victim’s stolen phone nearby.
Police said their investigation led to the arrests of Adam Jones, 20, of Brentwood and the 16 year old juvenile. Jones was charged with armed robbery, probation violation and possession of stolen property. The juvenile was charged with being an accessory to the crime.
Chief Steve Simpkins said he was very pleased with the quick-thinking of the officers involved and the level of cooperation between agencies involved. “We have an excellent public safety team here in the San Ramon Valley,” he said. “And chances are, if you come here to commit crimes you will be caught.”
Jones is currently being held at the West County Detention Facility without bail. The juvenile, who was not identified due to his age, was cited and released.