Lamorinda police have detained four people who allegedly participated in the strong arm robbery of a woman at the Lafayette Starbucks store, 3343 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Tuesday, one person falling and sustaining minor injuries when he attempted to pursue their getaway vehicle on foot.
This incident, breaking as we write this, occurred at roughly 3:20 p.m. as two black men entered the Lafayette Starbucks outlet and made off with a woman’s purse. The victim, witnesses lost sight of the pair until it was reported that a person had been knocked down, possibly hit, by a black Dodge Charger in front of the ACE Hardware store on the eastern side of town.
That report was believed to be unrelated, though one person was slightly injured while giving initial pursuit of the suspects from the Starbucks store.
Lafayette police immediately filtered into the area and key exits out of town while a civilian motorist, believing he had seen a traffic accident involving the car and the Good Samaritan, dialed police and gave dispatchers a clear description of the car as it sped backwestbound on Highway 24 towards Orinda.
Police Chief Eric Christensen said the motorist provided an excellent description of the vehicle, which did not have a license plate, and allowed local police to key on its location.
An Orinda Parking Enforcement Officer then saw a vehicle matching the description enter and park at the Orinda Shell station with officers arriving and detaining two male and two female subjects that were found inside the vehicle.
Officers searched the area for evidence and located the initial victims’ purse in a trashcan adjacent to the pump island, Christensen said. All four were later placed under arrest for robbery and transported to the jail. All four, according to police, remain in custody with high bail amounts. They are believed to have been involved in several other similar crimes, investigators said.