If you talk with the neighbors – who have been calling us all afternoon – the police raid on a home off Livorna Road in Alamo Thursday looked like a cross between the firefight at Nakitomi Plaza and perhaps the air assault on Son Tay prison.
We don’t think it was quite that aggressive but neighbors behind a police cordon reported seeing a police special weapons team fast-roping from a helicopter orbiting overhead, flash bangs detonating, and shouted commands.
We’re not sure precisely what was going on but it was something, and we’ve reached out to the commanders we think may have been in charge of the operation – whatever it was.
We don’t relay geographic locations and police movements during unfolding law enforcement actions but we can say that the focus of today’s raid appeared to be on a house just off Lavender Drive.
Neighborhood “chatter” started almost as soon as the first flash grenade went off, understandably enough, with folks taking to social media to speculate as to today’s target – drug dealer, arms dealer, theft ring, or armed suspect – though we’ve gotten nothing solid enough to put our finger on, yet.
Officers and deputies from the county sheriff, Danville, San Ramon, Pleasant Hill departments all took part in the afternoon action, which kicked off at about 5 p.m.
If they know what they were after, they’re not saying – yet. We’ll update everyone as soon as we get any confirmed information.
UPDATE: Pleasant Hill police released some information about this incident on their social media page on Friday.
In the course of a domestic violence aggravated assault and armed robbery investigation in their city July 13, investigators were able to determine that their suspect was staying at a residence in 900 block of Livorna Road in Alamo.
With heavily armed officers from the Central Contra Costa County SWAT team leading the way, investigators descended on the house in execution of search and arrest warrants for an armed and dangerous suspect.
That man, a 41-year-old Concord resident whose name was not provided by police, was taken into custody without incident. A search of the residence allegedly turned up several illegal firearms, including three assault weapons currently banned under California law. Several federally banned gun components were also allegedly recovered, according to police.
The unnamed suspect was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on unspecified charges.
No one was hurt during the raid.