Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 28, 2014

DeSaulnier helps woman, grandson after Concord home invasion

Pair tied up during robbery of home next door to state senator

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) helped rescue a woman and her grandson last Sunday following an armed home invasion robbery next door to his home in Concord.

DeSaulnier, who represents Pleasanton, said he was reading in his backyard in the 1100 block of Via Doble when, at about 3:15 p.m., he heard a boy pounding on his door.

The boy said he and his grandmother had been tied up at the house next door to DeSaulnier's and robbed at gunpoint before the three suspects fled the scene.

DeSaulnier called 911 and went next door to wait with the woman and the boy.

The boy had managed to untie himself and his grandmother before running to DeSaulnier's house for help.

"The boy was very upset," DeSaulnier said. "They had been bound up and duct-taped. (The boy) just got loose and was courageous enough to run out of the front door."

DeSaulnier said the boy and his grandmother weren't sure if the suspects were still in the house when they escaped, but when Concord police showed up in force just a few minutes later, officers determined the suspects were no longer in the home.

The boy and his grandmother were shaken up, but not seriously injured.

DeSaulnier said this kind of crime was "very unusual" for the neighborhood, but added that no one should have to suffer through a home invasion robbery no matter where they live.

"I have to say it's just unacceptable that this happens anywhere," he said. "A grandmother should be able to sit in her home with her grandchild and not have to worry about three armed men coming to the door with guns and taping them up."

The suspects are described as three Hispanic men. The first suspect is estimated to be between 20 and 30 years of age, standing 6 feet tall and was wearing a red shirt. The second suspect is estimated to be 19 years of age, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and was also wearing a red shirt. The third suspect is described as standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with short buzzed hair and a birthmark above his upper lip. He was wearing a light blue shirt, dark jacket and blue pants at the time of the robbery, police said.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Concord police at 671-3030. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Concord police tip line at 603-5836.

-- Bay City News Service

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