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Teenagers Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery In Pleasanton Monday

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Three teenagers were arrested by Pleasanton police Monday after an attempted armed robbery in a parking lot at the Stoneridge Shopping Center.

Officers were called to the area around 1 p.m. after a woman reported being approached by three teens who demanded her purse and car. Police said one of the suspects attempted to pin the suspect’s arms while another aimed a semi-automatic pistol at her face.

The unidentified victim told police she managed to pull away from the suspects and began to scream for help. The trio fled into the Stoneridge mall and were gone when police arrived. A search of the area was successful in locating the trio and a pistol.

Police described the trio as juveniles and declined to release further information about them. They were taken to Juvenile Hall and booked on a number of felony charges, according to police.


  1. She managed to pull away with a semi-automatic pointed at her face? That’s one gutsy woman, or a foolish one. However you want to look at it. I’m glad she wasn’t hurt. Unbelievable.

  2. Wow. I hope these young criminals in the making have to pay a stiff price.

    I’ve heard several long term LEO say the best deterent is early, swift punishment – to get youngsters on the right track. The flipside, they explain, is that if you give them a slap on the wrist… over, and over again… they take it all as a joke, and gain ‘Street cred’.

    I do think we need to add an education component – which could trigger a reduced sentence. I’m told 80% of men in prison are illiterate, and 80% grew up without a Father. Also high in anger, and low in empathy. Dangerous combination.

    Solid work by Pleasanton PD.

    • An argument we would add to yours is that standardized stays in Juvenile Halls, etc., amounts to nothing more than an accelerated education in crime. Hopefully that old trend has been broken…

    • @mark jones

      *”These you FAILED criminals…”

      They got no loot, lost their sidearm and got pinched. If they don’t get their act together they’ll struggle to make ends meet as professional bandits.

      “Criminals in the making” with any hope of a successful underworld career would’ve procured the loot, retained their weapon and evaded law enforcement. Fortunately, criminal professions are graded on a steep curve.

      These poser clowns are fortunate to flunk out at the 101 level.

      What ever do you mean by “early, swift punishment” or “education component.”

      Juvie Hall was just crime school; great place to hone the fine art of undertaking mischievous enterprise long enough to bankroll college before straightening out for adulthood (thus avoiding state time in the big boy cell blocks) , but hardly a deterrent.

      Perhaps we resurrect the “Shoot a Gun, go to Yale” program? How about “Penn,” not “The Pen?”

      • [What ever do you mean by “early, swift punishment” or “education component.”]

        Education component. An adult gets x years for burglary, theft, possession, etc. Said perp gets a REAL GED or junior college degree, and gets time reduced from his sentence. (These people are getting out, we need to try to change them.) Pilot programs a perfect test.

        Early, swift: when Johnny steals a bike or mugs a classmate, there need to be REAL consequences. And Mr. Eric Holders soft on crime policies seem to have backfired.

        • @Mark Jones – We are 100% agreed that offering educational opportunities, including remedial / GED programs and vocational training to inmates and rewarding them (with in-custody privileges or sentence reduction, as appropriate) for successful completion goes a long way towards reducing recidivism. The sense of purpose and agency conferred by knowledge can skill attainment offer a better path out of lifelong institutionalization than trite advice to “keep your head down and mind your own business.”

          For a fortunate few ex-cons in my circle, Union apprenticeship programs and junior college coursework coupled with 12-step programs encouraged and facilitated by supportive family and social connections turned their lives around. All complained that the absence of such opportunities in county jail squandered time they could have chatted a course earlier. As a result (and due to their own unfortunate choices), many of our contemporaries remain in they system.

    • Certain references do push some commentary past the limits of our terms of service. You’re free to call it censorship if you wish, but we would merely suggest a better choice of words as most posters can easily make their point without the use of triggering, insulting references.

      • Yes, you’re right, there are too many “woke” individuals reading your newsblog. Th young people should face the fullest penalties that the law will allow. Just fortunate that I was not at Stoneridge. 108RS

  3. I will never understand the mindset of people who whine about a deleted internet comment. It happens on every news site. You’re undermining the authority of the business owner/editor, and showing your insecurity. Moderation is like beauty. It’s in the eye of the beholder.

    • Well, thanks for seeing our side, Keith… we would ask those who complain of “censorship” to consider if they would allow someone to come into their place of business, say or do whatever they wish – even if offensive to others – and do nothing about it. We think not. The “censorship” label is usually applied to make us feel badly about enforcing our own terms of service – which we do not. We just believe people can express their points of view without using language objectionable to others.

      • I agree with your analogy about coming into a business and wanting to call the shots. I don’t think they’re trying to make you feel badly. I think they’re insecure, and they were never taught that you don’t undermine authority. Or they’re control freaks. These same people will undermine their teachers, their boss, etc. And they wonder why they get fired. They don’t get it. They don’t want to get it.

        • Yes, well, we’re not here to control the narrative and we want to hear what people have to say. We like well-crafted arguments and appreciate satire and use of irony – we just don’t want to revert to the highly-charged discourse we’ve seen in recent years. We think you can disagree with someone without insulting them. It’s more about our subscribers than it is about us, we’re used to it – they’re not. Appreciate your feedback, as ever…

      • With all due respect, Jeff, maybe start your own site? I’m serious, you come across as a old school, no nonsense guy, lots of people think along similar lines and would visit daily (as I do here). You could hustle up some advertisers and get a few folks to add content.

  4. I get the whole juvenile protection thing but we don’t get ages? Where they are from? I think this is more of a public safety issue than a juvenile rights issue — they were armed or at least one of them was — after all.

    • “Misunderstood youth”. s/

      When will we realize that the government programs of the 1960s backfired in many regards, and permanently destroyed many nuclear families for generations?

      There are many cities where an employed, married man is rare. Few positive role models and a vicious cycle.

  5. New FIB crime statistics released yesterday.

    Reuters: “U.S. murders soar nearly 30% in 2020, FBI reports”

    Biggest jump since these numbers were tabulated nationwide in the 1960s. Numbers likely higher as New York, Chicago, and New Orleans didn’t report numbers.

    What major events happened in 2020? Antifa and BLM riots, Covid lockdowns, and soft on crime measures in some states.

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