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SRPD: Prosecutors file charges against teens in flare gun shootings

Original post made on Dec 19, 2017

The four local teenagers arrested on suspicion of shooting flare guns into multiple San Ramon houses have been charged with felony and misdemeanor counts by the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office, the San Ramon Police Department announced Tuesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 5:49 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 19, 2017 at 11:32 pm

Who is Goldberg?

Posted by Jack
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

He’s a SRPD LT.

Posted by Kristine L.
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2017 at 6:36 am

Thanks again to the SRPD who has always rocked and have kept us safe. They're the best!!! Also thanks to the residents who helped and provided their camera footage.

Posted by Cerred
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

Great work by the SRPD. Full support for all they do to keep the city safe. Now on to the legal system to follow up. If guilty then let the sentence be firm. And the parents, where were they all this time? The age says the teens could not be legally driving at the time together per DMV code. Who owns the car should also be accountable.

Posted by Humbeto
a resident of Danville
on Dec 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

More investigation needed:
-Where was the flare gun purchased ?
-Who purchased the flare gun and flares?
-Was the flare gun and flares stolen in a home burglary?
-Who owned the car?
-Who was the driver?
-Age of the drivers?
-Did driver has a license or permit?
-Any priors?

In light of the fires and high fire danger in California this is a very serious offense and should not be taken lightly and treated as a childhood prank.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Considering the recent fire storms in Santa Rosa & S. CA (which had to have been common knowledge to the perpetrators that fired the flares into windows of multiple houses in San Ramon), combined with the windy conditions and dry weather on the night of this crime spree, it is clear, beyond any doubt that the perpetrator's actions show clear intent to catch multiple houses on fire with the strong likelihood of initiating a fire storm similar to Santa Rosa.

These people need to be charged as adults and receive strong sentences.

Posted by Appalled
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Appalled is a registered user.

These little punks could have caused multiple fires, injuries and even deaths. It's only through the grace of God that no one was hurt. But what about the property damage? Are these little creeps going to pay for it? How about Mommy and Daddy? No, Mommy and Daddy weren't even watching when 16 year olds were out at 1 am, so I doubt they will feel any obligation to pay a dime. I hope they are forced to pay the damages or go to jail. I hope those whose property was damaged sue and press charges themselves. These punks need to learn a hard lesson. What they did was NOT funny or cool. They did this deliberately to hurt people and destroy property, if they are not stopped NOW, they will do it again, maybe in your neighborhood. Ever consider that? It's never a big deal when it happens to someone else, right? If I lived in that community I'd have a lot of questions. Who was driving the car at 16 yrs old, at night with no adult driver in the car? Where did 16 year olds get flares? Whose car was it? Wake up people! A slap on the wrist will not do in this case. Hard punishment and life long consequences are in order before they hurt or kill someone.

Posted by Flip side
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 22, 2017 at 9:50 am

Give these kids a break. Whilst I know “these little punks” could have caused major damage, it was nevertheless a prank. How many of you can say you’ve never done anything stupid in your teen years? Fine the parents and have them pay for all the damage that was done. They were sleeping at the wheel. Allowing or not knowing your 15 year old is out at midnight just before finals is ridiculous. Educate the boys. Community service for the rest of their lives. Send them to Napa and have them help clean up and see first hand the impact of fires. Let them learn from their mistakes and hopefully be better citizens. Felony charges for these 15/16 year olds? Is that going to do any good? I believe it’s too harsh and counter productive.

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Dec 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

Now that these irresponsible people have been charged for their actions, the parents will need to be held accountable as well.

Posted by Appalled
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Appalled is a registered user.

Flipside - Felony arson a prank??!!! Are you serious? They fired a lethal weapon into houses. They could have hit a child, they could have killed someone and burned houses down. Community service?? Are you joking? Consequences, responsibility, concern for others. Ever hear of these words? The attitude of coddling these "poor kids" is ludicrous! They deserve serious punishment for serious crimes. They purchases an illegal fire arm, drove without licenses, committed arson - these ARE NOT PRANKS They are CRIMES! Learn the difference. I guess if they did this to your home, you'd invite them in for cocoa and try to show them that love will conquer all! Grow up! Criminals graduate to more serious crimes over time. If they START with felony arson where do you think they'll end up if they are not stopped? If you are so concerned about these "poor kids", YOU pay the damages for the property they destroyed.

Posted by Appalled #2 input
a resident of Danville
on Dec 24, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Right there with the first Appalled commentator. Give these kids a break? Are you kidding? I think those of us responsible adults who grew up with better values did not grow up in a "give those kids a break" mentality! Absolutely should these idiot kids (and their parents) not get off with anything but felony charges. This is exactly why there is so much more lawlessness in our society. It would not have been the police or courts to decide justice in past eras---I had parents who would have been glad to have our kids locked up just to learn a lesson and then face the consequences. Stop codding entitled kids who had NO thought to what horrendous damage they could have done to these homes.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Suggestion to Danville San Ramon Express: Once these individuals go to trial, please follow up with their sentences. There would be a lot of interest in that. Thank you in advance.

Posted by San Ramon Mom
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 19, 2018 at 7:38 pm

They were already released. Doesn't look like they got much more than a slap on the wrist, probation, and monitoring.

Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

If S.R.Mom is correct, then multiple arson attempts with likelihood of initiating a fire storm, drive by shooting into multiple occupied residences, shooting from a moving vehicle, & general public endangerment are not offences worthy of severe punishment. Wonder what these wonderful entitled kids will do next? Wonder who was the judge that released them; need to know that so I won't vote for that idiot.

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