The following was issued today by the Walnut Creek Police Department:
WCPD Case Number: 16-25701/16-25915
Date / Time Occurred: 7/20/16 @ 1444 hrs and 7/22/16 @ 1242 hrs
Location: Cypress St/Commercial Lane, 1500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd
Crime Description / Code: Attempt Robbery, Theft
Suspect(s): Suspect #1 – Black male adult, 20’s, tall with a thin build
Suspect #2 – Black male adult, 20’s, avg. height, thin build
Suspect #3 – Black male adult, 20’s
Suspect #4 – Black male adult, 20’s
Suspect Vehicle – Dark gray Jeep Patriot
Press Release Prepared By: Sergeant Andy Brown
On 7/20/16 at 1444 hours, an elderly female was a victim of a purse snatch robbery attempt. The victim was walking eastbound on Cypress St near Commercial Lane when Suspects #1 and #2 grabbed her purse and attempted to steal it. The victim held on tightly to her purse and was forced to the ground. The suspects then dragged the victim along the sidewalk causing minor injuries. As several citizens rushed to her aid, the suspects let go of the victim’s purse and fled to a nearby vehicle occupied by Suspects #3 and #4. The suspect vehicle was last seen westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd.
On 7/22/16 at 1242 hours, a suspect matching the description of Suspect #1 entered the patio area of a restaurant on the 1500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd and stole two purses which were on the ground near where the victims were seated. The suspect then ran to the above suspect vehicle which was parked across the street. The suspect vehicle then jumped the median on Mt. Diablo Blvd and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes before continuing westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd at the Locust St. intersection.
WCPD believes these two crimes are related and requests anyone who may have witnessed any part of the above incidents to contact Detective Bill Jeha 925-943-3518.