Danville Express

Newsfront - March 9, 2007

Felony battery in Alamo

Road rage leads to beating at Rotten Robbie's

by Natalie O'Neill

A road rage incident between a middle-aged Alamo man and a car full of teenage boys ended in felony battery and serious injury at an Alamo gas station Friday.

Four juveniles in their late teens, who attend high school in the Danville-Alamo area, had an on-road conflict with a 47-year-old Alamo resident on Stone Valley Road at around 7:15 p.m. March 2, according to reports. The Alamo man then pulled over at the Rotten Robbie on Danville Boulevard to confront the teenagers.

When he verbally confronted the juveniles, two large young men exited the vehicle and struck him multiple times in the face and shoulder, police said. Two other juveniles remained in the car.

"They beat him up to the point that he required professional medical assistance and had to be transported by an ambulance," said Alamo Deputy Elmer Glasser.

After the young men struck him several times, they fled the scene in an older model four-door tan Lexus with a black canvas top. The suspects are white males, Glasser said.

The Alamo Valley Police Station was notified by the wife of the victim after the battery took place. The incident was also witnessed by an attendant at the gas station and was caught on surveillance camera, Glasser said.

The case was under investigation as of Tuesday, but with the vehicle description and the help of contacts at the high school, Glasser said the department is close to pinpointing who is responsible.

"I'm confident we'll find out who it was. I have a lot of contacts at the schools - it's amazing how much information you can get from students," he said.

In situations that involve conflicts on the road, remaining calm is key, Glasser said. Aggressive driving is usually what triggers road rage and causes car accidents.

"It's important to remember that not everything foolish people do while driving is targeted towards you," Glasser said.

Members of the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee noted this isn't a case for the teenage diversion program, a service that helps juveniles get back on track typically after drug use, theft or vandalism charges.

It is likely a case that will be sent to juvenile probation because it is violent, Glasser said.

Alamo residents who witness similar incidents are encouraged to write down a vehicle license plate if possible and to notice even small details about the car and the people involved.

"A detail may not seem important to you as a witness, but it might be the missing piece of the puzzle," Glasser noted.

The best number to call to report similar incidents in the Alamo Area is not 911, it's the Contra Costa County Sheriff's dispatch at 646-2441, Glasser said.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Deputy Glasser at the same number.

Contact Natalie O'Neill at noneill@danvilleweekly.com

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