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Pleasanton police provide new details about fatal stabbing

Investigators working to identify victim, locate at-large suspects
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The Pleasanton Police Department is continuing to ask for the public's help in finding two assailants who stabbed and killed a man inside the Park Hacienda Apartments complex Monday morning.

Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci told Livermore Vine on Tuesday that as of time of publication, the victim's name has not been released as the coroner had just taken the body the night before and is still working on positively identifying the victim and notifying the next of kin.

Silacci said the investigation started when police got a call around 10:30 a.m. on Monday from a witness who said they saw two people in ski masks running from an apartment at the complex on Owens Drive. The victim was found unresponsive inside the residence.

The lieutenant said police believe that after some confrontation, the victim was stabbed inside the apartment after the two people tried to rob him. Silacci said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The culprits fled the scene and remain at-large.

He also said that as PPD continues to investigate the fatal stabbing, if anyone saw anything before or after the incident they should reach out and provide any information they have.

"It's a pretty busy apartment complex," Silacci said. "We're still doing neighborhood canvases and looking for any sort of video surveillance and any other sort of evidence, but right now we just don't have much information."

This marked the second homicide in Pleasanton in less than two weeks, following the fatal shooting of Home Depot loss prevention employee Blake Mohs during an attempted theft at the Johnson Drive store on April 18.

While the lieutenant said Monday's stabbing appears to be an isolated incident and that "there is no public threat at this time", he also acknowledged the fact that this was the second major violent crime within a short amount of time in Pleasanton.

"Pleasanton historically has and continues to have a very low, violent crime rate," Silacci said. "Our investigators are diligently working on trying to identify who was responsible for this and taking them into custody."

PPD is asking the public to help locate the two suspects and that if anyone has information about the homicide, to call the department's tip line at 925-931-5107.


About the Author: Christian Trujano

Christian Trujano, a Bay Area native and San Jose State alum, joined Embarcadero Media in May 2022 following his graduation. He is an award-winning student journalist who has covered stories in San Jose ranging from crime to higher education.
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