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Pleasanton Weekly

News - February 1, 2013

Road rage incident leads to arrest

Cane sword seized from 61-year-old Pleasanton man

by Glenn Wohltmann

What began as a typical highway incident, with two cars jockeying back and forth between lanes and through traffic, escalated to the felony arrest of a Pleasanton man last week.

Samuel James Cangiamilla, 61, was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon - a cane sword -- at about 4:50 p.m. Jan. 25 at his home in the 400 block of Del Sol Avenue.

The male victim was eastbound on Interstate 580 driving a Volkswagen Jetta in the center lane, when Cangiamilla, driving a Jeep, began to pass victim from the fast lane, according to a police report.

The victim spotted traffic ahead and moved into the passing lane ahead of Cangiamilla's Jeep, which dodged the traffic by moving right. After that, the report said, the Jeep moved back in front of the victim's car, swerving back and forth between lanes to prevent the victim from passing.

When the Jeep exited onto Santa Rita Road, the victim followed with the intent of talking to the Jeep's driver, the report said.

When the two vehicles were stopped at the light at the intersection of Main Street and Stanley Boulevard, the victim got out of his car to approach Cangiamilla, who got out of his Jeep and drew a sword from a cane scabbard.

The victim retreated to his car, and Cangiamilla approached, holding the sword above his waist, yelling and aggravated, according to the report, which said he slammed the tip of the sword "as hard as he could" into the victim's door.

Cangiamilla then went back to his Jeep and turned into the parking lot on Main and Stanley, followed by the victim, who was attempting to read Cangiamilla's license plate. Cangiamilla approached the car again and tried to open the driver's door, then kicked it, as the victim, who'd called 911, drove by reading the license plate to a Pleasanton dispatcher.

The victim followed Cangiamilla back onto Stanley, but stopped following after the Jeep made a u-turn.

An officer was sent to Cangiamilla's home, where he was arrested without incident and the cane sword was seized at the home.

Comments

Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Foothill High School
on Feb 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

LOL. So the "victim" approached the old man with the intent of starting crap and got more than he bargained for? Then he kept coming and the older gentleman(must be to carry a cane sword took action against the young whipper snapper!? Oh I think the older man should have gotten a medal. They are going only on the word of the person reporting. The older man exited the freeway and the other person followed which was an act of aggresion. The older man was defending himself! P-town PD stop thinking everone who pulls a weapon is a bad guy or you will be looked at the same!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

nobody has a right to pull a leathal weapon on another person...end of story...hope the ole timer get prison time for a few years...that outta help him cool off...


Posted by Red Coat Fan's, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by Red Coat Fan's, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

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Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

Why in the world would you post that question in this article??


Posted by Schlogger, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

Red Coat's Fan must have posted here for one of two reasons:
1) The word "rage" made him think of Red Coats. Maybe he/she is one of those that likes to duke it out at Red Coats.
2) He/she is still in a drunken stuper from the Super Bowl and doesn't know where he/she is.


Posted by Also lives in Pleasanton, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

This is for " Anon " and Schlogger...read between the lines...it's telling the both of you idiots to put your head there. Not only do you think your smart by your nasty comments and I had to sink down to your leval to get my point across. So much for freedome of the press.
Glad your not a relative much less a friend !!!!


Posted by Curly, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

... And that point is?


Posted by Lives in Pleasanton, a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

The point is, that people should be more considerate of each other, if there is a question and you know the answer, answer the question and move on. there is too much hatred going on with the people in this world. It doesn't hurt to show a little kindness, have a little heart and compassion for your fellow persons.Don't be sho quick to jump down somebodies throat just because they asked a question.

Thank God I'm not laying out on a road with my throat cut, these three people would just spit and walk on by and let me suffer.

They call themselves Human beings, I don't think so !!!!


Posted by Sue, a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

We haven't lived in Pleasanton very long, but I feel like maybe we moved to a city that possibly has some of the meanest, rudest people in the US. Very sad.


Posted by Curly, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Feb 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

Okay, thanks for sharing. But is there a link between road rage and the Red Coat? Just wondering.


Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Obama better work on taking away canes from old people too.


Posted by Stupid lib, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Good thing he didn't bring a cane to a gun fight. Reminds of the latest DHS video showing a victim trying to use a pair of scissors to fend of an armed intruder. When will they ever learn......too late, for sure.


Posted by Pete , a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

Dear Sue,

Don't judge our city by the comments here in this Pleasanton Weekly comment page.
For some reason when CB radios weren't cool any longer thoses same people now use this as a way to act tough... Ie, go after Obama for everything and knock anyone who have what they don't.. If this was a true indication of Pleasanton character I'd have moved 23 years ago.. These are just keyboard commandos.. I hope you find the real kind and considerate people here in town, you won't have to look far..


Posted by JEP, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

People, take it easy out there. If someone ticks you off in traffic, LET IT GO.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:11 am

Since when do you drive from 580 down to Stanley to "talk". The "victim" was looking for a fight, and he found a guy ready to protect himself. The 68 year old wasn't following the victim. He was trying to drive away. Luckily he had the weapon or he'd probably be in the hospital or dead right now.


Posted by Member, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I agree with Pete's comment where he said: " Don't judge our city by the comments here in this Pleasanton Weekly comment page."

Pleasanton is filled with good people. This forum is often dominated by haters. Of all of the people who I have known and met in Pleasanton, none of them have the characteristics of the haters who frequently post in this forum.


Posted by LK, a resident of Ironwood
on Feb 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I agree with those who are protecting Pleasanton's reputation. It's NOT full of rude people but there are some people like everywhere else that can't act civilly nor maturely. The issue here is road rage and the increasing dysfunction of those behind the wheel. We don't own the roads we all must share and if we are having issues with another motorist it's best to distance ourselves from them. Steer clear and go about your own way. Never try to match wits with anyone no matter what age they are and don't be the instigator of trouble. These things we were taught in Kindergarten.


Posted by jason, a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Funny stuff! Beware of old guys, they still think carrying weapons around is OK.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I don't find it funny that a senior has a weapon in the trunk of his car.

I bet he scared the tar out of the troublemaker...tee hee

Unfortunately, he can't break the law. But, in a way I don't mind...sometimes.