From the San Ramon Police Department:
At 11:55pm on Friday, October 14th, San Ramon Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Walt Disney Elementary for a reported disturbance. While they were responding, the individual reporting the incident stated the subjects involved were now in front of his home and were in a physical altercation.
When officers arrived, they found a male victim (later identified as Casey Pletz) bleeding from numerous lacerations and injuries throughout his face and body. The victim stated he confronted several teenagers who were causing a disturbance on the school playground and on the access trail between Walt Disney Elementary and Pebble Place. While speaking with one of the individuals, the victim was struck in the head by one of the suspects. Multiple suspects began punching and kicking the victim and ultimately a suspect choked the victim until he lost consciousness. As a result of this attack, the victim suffered a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone, a bruised kidney, and numerous lacerations and bruising throughout his body.
San Ramon PD personnel began investigating this incident immediately and quickly identified several suspects. Over the past several days, San Ramon PD Detectives wrote numerous search and arrest warrants associated with this incident. On Tuesday morning, October 18th, a search warrant was served at the San Ramon home of 19 year old Jordan Manibusan. Manibusan was placed under arrest for violations of Penal Codes 245(a) – assault with a deadly weapon, and 243(d) – felony battery. Manibusan was booked at the County Jail in Martinez and is currently being held with a bail of $80,000.
Earlier this morning, San Ramon PD Detectives served three additional warrants associated with this incident. Zachary Kennedy, a 20-year-old resident of Danville, was arrested at his home and booked at the County Jail in Martinez for violations of Penal Codes 245(a) – assault with a deadly weapon, and 243(d) – felony battery. Kennedy is also being held with a bail of $80,000.
In addition to the suspects mentioned above, two 17-year-old juveniles (Both San Ramon residents) were taken into police custody at their homes this morning. Both juveniles were arrested for violations of Penal Codes 245(a) – assault with a deadly weapon, and 243(d) – felony battery. They are being held at the County Juvenile Hall Detention Facility in Martinez.
If you have any additional information regarding this incident please contact Detective L. Pelayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to a Facebook posting for Jordan Manibusan, the 19-year-old “… has been training in Jiu jitsu since he was 7 years old… His goal is to be a successful
Editor’s Note: Since we posted news of the arrests in this case we have been deluged by comments expressing opinion both pro and con relative to these boys and how events unfolded that night. Some have suggested that the fight… or assault… was initiated because a girl part of the group that evening was “pushed.” We’re not sure, we weren’t there. But we are sure that threatening or violent language and derogatory comments will not be allowed here.
If you have input to share, and some of you sound as if you may, please do so in a civil and transparent manner. Thanks.
A GoFundMe account for Casey Pletz has been established by his neighbors.