Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 23, 2011

Dominos delivers -- cash to holdup man

Second restaurant robbed at gunpoint this month

by Glenn Wohltmann

Pleasanton police are investigating the second armed robbery at restaurants this month, although descriptions indicate two separate suspects.

The latest came Sunday night at Domino's Pizza on Santa Rita Road, not far from the Gold Chopsticks restaurant, which was held up Dec. 3.

A lone suspect entered Domino's in the 3100 block of Santa Rita Road at around 6:25 p.m., displayed a handgun, and demanded cash, according to a police report.

"He had a gun, a short gun -- a small pistol, like a revolver," said Baldev Singh, the Domino's manager on duty during the holdup. "He came inside the door and said, 'Give me the money, give me the money.'"

Singh said the man was wearing a black mask and gloves, so it was impossible to tell much about him. Police describe the man as an Asian or Hispanic man in his early 20s, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. He was last seen running toward the rear of the business with an undisclosed amount of money.

Singh said he thinks the man was young, "maybe 18, 19, maybe less."

"He was scared, too," Singh said, adding that one of the five employees in the store walked into a cooler and called 911 and that another quit the next day.

At the time of the holdup, the man was wearing a black jacket and black running pants, the police report said.

Police set up a perimeter around the area and brought in a K-9 unit, but the suspect was not located.

The suspect in the Gold Chopsticks holdup was described as a thin black male, 18 to 25 years old. That suspect bypassed the register and took cash directly from the owner's wallet before aiming a gun at the owner's wife and fleeing the restaurant on foot.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

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