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Alamo woman attacked, car stolen

Original post made on Aug 10, 2009

Deputies from the Contra Costa Sheriff's Department are investigating a home break-in in Alamo today, in which a resident was attacked and her vehicle stolen. The suspect attacked the woman in her home on Jennifer Lane, choking her unconscious.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 10, 2009, 5:25 PM

Comments (26)

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm

We're cleaning up this town. Arm up people. The posse's forming. Time to put the fear of god in criminals. I'm cleaning my AR-15

Posted by Reader, a resident of another community
on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

This is a direct threat to the safety of our community. I call for an investigation of "Rick" so that more people don't get hurt. The evidence: consistent derogatory language in public blogs, hate/racial speech, repeated threats to community members and groups in our community, and now evidence of intended use of a weapon.

Hello Danville Police and County Sheriff! Could someone please investigate this individual before someone else gets hurt?

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm

You are kidding, right Reader? You're right. I've hurt so many people with the power of my words. Reader, you make me sick. You make me wanna vomit. I say that it's time to clean up this community, threatening no one but criminals such as those mentioned in the article who rob and strangle women, AND I'M A THREAT!!!!! YOU ARE THE THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY, ye who comes to the aid of stranglers and demands investigations of those who would put a stop to it. And what the hell are you talking about when you say "so that more people don't get hurt." Who have I physically harmed you maniac? [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] Ya, you're damn right I'll use my weapon if I see someone getting strangled, or if someone tries to come up in my house or neighborhood with the same intentions. Reader, you are less than a person. You make my blood boil in a way that few others have.

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

Rick, You are absolutely correct. It's people like the bleeding heart Reader that needs to get his/her priorities in order. Protect your family and property...the law officer's can't be everywhere. We need to let the thugs know, you may break into my home and try to harm me or my family, but for damn sure you'll be carried out. The Reader is a typical weak minded person that turns the other cheek. I feel sorry for his/her family. And a message to all...if you see a strange vehicle or person's in the neighborhood...for heaven sakes call our local Sheriff. They will be in the neighborhood with minutes...I know because, I've called. We have a great law enforcement group in Alamo...use them. But it's also your responsibility...that's way they call it "Neighborhood Watch"...

Take care Rick and for the Reader...Good luck

Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

I must also agree with Rick. We need to, and should have the right to, protect our family and possessions. I knew it was just a matter of time before a "reader" complained about Rick. He does speak his mind. Personally, I respect Rick more than I do many of my fellow Danville neighbors because he will say it to your face, not behind your back (I know this is an anonymous forum, but he seems to be that type of person).

God bless the victim in this story, she will never feel the same in her own home ever again. Please watch out for your neighbor, take care of others. We need to go back to the mentality were it takes a village.

Posted by Another Reader, a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:27 am

Wake up, Rick. The hate you constantly spew is just as dangerous to our town as the guys who steal cars. Maybe, just once in a while, you should think before you speak.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2009 at 9:50 am

Yeah, typical liberal. Sure, you're right. My anger at criminals is just as dangerous as those who rob and strangle women. You're right. I stand corrected. Not

Posted by Scott, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

Rick, your sentiment is right on, but the .223 round isn't really ideal for home defense. It has too much penetration power and you're as likely to hit your neighbor as your target. We should encourage people to arm up with shotguns and maybe a handgun if they're comfortable with that.

We've had a number of prowlers and petty theft at our house and I've been meaning to install some network cameras to record what we can of the front and back yards; maybe we can help the police catch these people even if we are fortunate enough to be left alone.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Danville
on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm


I might be opening a can of worms, but... how do you feel about being edited in your 2nd comment? I'm guessing, it had to be pretty bad. Do you think you could have gotten your point across better without a "disrespectful comment or offensive language".

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

Thank you Scott. And you are absolutely correct about the shotgun versus the AR. And let's talk about making a town neighborhood watch that actually intimidates criminals. Keep me updated

Marie, you're probably right that I could get my point across with a litlle more levelheadedness. I will say, my upside is that I don't hold my tongue. And my downside is that I can't hold my tongue. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Posted by Aaron, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 13, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I can't decide if Rick has either never seen The Colbert Show, or if he just doesn't get why it's hilarious. In any case, he should check it out and see if it resonates in any way with the persona he portrays online.

Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2009 at 8:12 am


Keep Colbert's phone number handy, just in case the strangler decides to kick in your door one of these nights. Maybe he can keep them rolling on the floor laughing while you wait (and wait) for the SO to show up. The deputies want to help, but with a single 2-man car for over 100 square miles of patrol area, the odds of them being close are pretty long. Remember-when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.

Posted by Another Reader, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:37 am

Actually Rick, I'm a very strong Republican -- always have been. And I have no problem with you hating criminals. But I do have a problem with you constantly spewing your hate on the good people of Danville who are all just doing their best to keep this a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We aren't all going to always agree on the best way to do that, but we need to respect each other and work together, not call each other names and tear each other apart on a daily basis.

Posted by Diane, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:47 am

Alamo Dad, my brother in law is a police officer in another community and he would support your right to have a weapon in your home. He would also remind you to be sure you have been instructed on how to use it, and that even so one of your own family members is more likley to be injured with that weapon than an intruder.

Aaron and Readers - thanks for some level-headedness here. I know how to use a gun (having married into a law enforcement family) but I would not have one in my home. I also agree that some people should not be trusted to use good judgment re: when to employ their weapon. I strongly suspect some of the people who vent their racist and paranoid views on these forums (we all know who they are) may have psychiatric or at least personality disorders that seriously cloud thier judgment.

Please, if you do have a gun in your home, take classes on how/when to use it and how to safely store it so your kids are as safe as can be given that you have made that decision.

Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:38 am


I agree with your brother in law. Personally, I know I'm well trained and of the proper mindset to use deadly force as a last resort.

While I agree that some gun owners might lack proper judgement, I would also submit that the overwhelming percentage (dare I say "all"?) of criminals lack judgement of any sort.

Ask your brother in law, when you get the chance, what the odds are of the police arriving in time to stop a criminal from harming you if they're kicking in your door in the middle of the night. They'll react, and they'll do whatever they can, but in reality, your call for help is circuitous. You have to navigate the 911 system, the dispatcher has to figure out what the problem is, and dispatch officers. Even assuming they're not already out on a call, those officers will need some driving time, and if you're calling from Alamo in the middle of the night, they're not going to be right around the corner... I respect your wishes to not have a firearm, and I truly hope you'll never be a crime victim. But as an instructor once told me, 'hope is a lousy defense'.

Posted by Marty, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:07 am

A psycho with boiling blood and a gun - bad combination.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Oh yeah, a guy who wants to stop child-killers and women-stranglers. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]

Posted by Diane, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Alamo Dad - point well taken (and I greatly appreciate your measured response). I'll keep the guns out of my house and hope to be safe (and I do believe the risk is low), and I wish you and your family never need to use yours.

Rick - unfortunately the people you seem to feel are the enemy are so varied and so many that the thought of you with a weapon of any kind, while simultaneously making the distinction between someone who is truly a threat and someone you just dislike due to racist or other phobias is truly scary.

Posted by Ron, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I have to agree with Rick and say that Reader was out of line making those comments and got what he or she had coming. I too am ready and armed in my house. My kids have both taken hunter safety, have life time hunting lic. and will hopefully enjoy their first big game kill this year. Rabbits and ducks just dont do it for them anymore! I am not saying the lady did anything wrong but people have to be more aware of whom is where they should be etc. Two guys sitting in a car on my street would have gotten me asking them if they needed something and that alone would tell them they are being watched. Side gates are too easy to enter, I have my gates with the code door lock system and that makes it harder for someone to enter, they would have to jump the fence then deal with my dog for he does not even like me. Dogs are good, guns are better.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Ron, you are awesome for having the cajones to stand up for self defense. I especially like the proactivity of talking to those who seem suspicious to let them know what's up. What I'm about to say is not a dis on you or any other hunters. I myself do not agree with hunting and I personally don't like the idea of kids craving to kill animals for sport, so much so that they must kill ever larger animals to satiate the growing addiction. Such is your right. However, I want to make it clear to others that not all gun owners are Bambi-killers

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Okay Guy's and it is. Forget about that long heavy 12 gauge shotgun. By the time you grab it, point it the thug will have you down on the ground beating on you. Here is the handgun you need. Just grab it, point in the area of the intruder and pull the trigger. It's called the "Taurus Judge" (The Judge Rules!) The Taurus Judge redefined the defensive handgun, delivering the devastating payload of a .410 shotgun shell out of a hand-held platform. The Taurus Judge also fires .45 Colt ammunition, but I prefer the .410 shell. If you want to learn more about go to and search the for the Judge.
It really works...but you have to be aggressive and hold it like a man. I has a kick, but it does the job. Thanks Julia

Posted by Louise, a resident of Danville
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:09 pm

If two guys were sitting in a parked car in front of my house while I was gardening or doing anything else, I would have called the police. They would have come in a minute or two. Every time I have needed the Danville police they have responded. There are plenty of them and for the time being, we are not overrun with criminals. I know they are in our midst everyday and may even live in our neighborhoods for that matter. (Notice I said for the time being.) Sorry that Rick got so angry and had to resort to objectionable language, but he has a right to express himself like everyone else.

Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 15, 2009 at 9:39 am


You said, "Every time I have needed the Danville police they have responded." That's absolutely true-in Danville. In Alamo, not so much. They'll respond, but it might be from the substation, or it might be from the backside of Mt. Diablo. Response time is really the issue-and it's not because the deputies are slow, it's because they're forced to cover such a huge patrol area. If the s**t really hits the fan in Alamo, Danville PD will be called out until county deputies can respond, but that's not really fair to Danville residents, either...

Posted by Ron, a resident of Danville
on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:27 am

Off the said subject matter , I respect your honesty in telling me that you dont approve of hunting. Let me just clear up one item. We are not out hunting just to kill something. Hunting to us is not just one trip every year. We create water sources, plow and plant oats, scout for days at a time well before the season. We only shoot what we can eat for that year. We enjoy all the preperation and spending time out in the woods and the entire family enjoys this activity. We are nature lovers 1st, then hunters. The guys that have trophy mounts lining there den wall are not hunters, they are sportsmen that have an ego to fill. Those are the guys that I dont like either. I have plenty of friends that dont agree with hunting or keeping guns in the house but feel we are responsible, and what we do in our house or for fun is our bussiness as long as we dont break the law. I may be more old school but I watch out out for my neighbors.

Posted by Rick, a resident of Danville
on Aug 18, 2009 at 8:38 am

I think it's awesome that you look out for your neighbors Ron. We should keep eachother updated on ideas to keep the community safe. And Julia, you rock!

Posted by Carol, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 19, 2009 at 1:45 pm

This incident points out that we are living in different times and how important it is to be constantly vigilant. Neighborhoods need to ban together, form a "Neighborhood Watch" and report to each other when they are going out of town.

I for one tell my neighbors: "I am not expecting any deliveries, or any persons to visit my home in my absence." It is also important to have perimeter lights around one's home and on the street if it is a private and dark street. What's a little extra monies on one's PG & E bill, if it provide safety!!

Burglar alarms are always good. It's worth the piece of mind.

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