Two arrested in robbery at motel

High-speed chase leads officers to Castro Valley

A 24-year-old man and his 16-year old female accomplice face felony charges in the beating and robbery of an acquaintance at his Pleasanton motel room that led to a high-speed chase on Interstate 580.

The incident began a little before 3 p.m. on May 1 at Tri-Valley Inn and Suites in the 2000 block of Santa Rita Road, when the 19-year-old victim let the pair into his room and the suspect repeatedly punched the victim's face without warning. The two then took a $2,000 laptop and wallet, a framed picture and a cell phone and fled the scene.

Pleasanton police Officer Erik Silacci arrived on the scene and found the suspects fleeing. The driver evaded a stop then led Silacci on a high-speed pursuit at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour up I-580 westbound and onto Castro Valley Boulevard, where the officer terminated the pursuit.

A Hayward officer overhead the radio calls and recognized the description, and an Alameda County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the abandoned car, a black 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, in Castro Valley at about 4:30 p.m., with property inside that belonged to the victim.

That led to Bradley Amaral, who was taken into custody near his home in Castro Valley not far from where the car was discovered. Amaral was tasered while resisting arrest after fleeing the back door of his home when approached by police. He sustained minor injuries and was treated at ValleyCare Medical Center and booked into Santa Rita Jail.

Amaral was charged with robbery, evading police and possession of methamphetamine. He was identified by the suspect through a photo lineup and by Silacci as the driver of the car.

The victim also was injured. He was treated at the scene for lacerations to his head.

The girl was arrested at her home in Pleasanton at about 6:08 p.m. the same day and was later released into the custody of her parents.


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Oh Chris, how sad. Such a broad brush for all public school students.

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