An apparent “electronics grab” in Alamo prompted a coordinated response from San Ramon Valley and Lamorinda police Saturday and ended with a carload of people detained at gunpoint along Highway 24 at Fish Ranch Road.
Witnesses contacting this site said three young men entered the Alamo Starbucks, 3225 Danville Blvd., at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and one approached a woman working on her laptop computer, snatching the device from her table and running outside with the others to a waiting Dodge Neon.
Local officers immediately began looking for the car, alerting neighboring agencies per their protocol.
An Orinda police officer spotted the car as it travelled west on Highway 24 and fell in behind it, waiting for supporting officers to arrive before initiating a traffic stop on the highway near Fish Ranch Road.
This was apparently witnessed by several readers, who reported seeing a string of about 7 police cars behind the Neon and officers taking four people out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
Four people were detained for further investigation and it is believed that electronics, possibly including the stolen laptop, were recovered from the car.
Two of the suspects are juveniles and were taken to Juvenile Hall. Two adults were taken to Martinez Detention Facility. 19-year-old Nequwan Taylor of Oakland and 18-year-old Isaiah Taylor (residence unknown) were booked on robbery, burglary, and conspiracy charges. Each one is being held in lieu of $220,000 bail.