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Guns drawn as Pleasanton police arrest stolen vehicle suspect in parking lot

No shots fired during encounter outside Trader Joe's
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Pleasanton police arrested an Oakland man on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle after confronting him and a female associate with guns drawn in a retail parking lot after the pair near the Cadillac in question were initially noncompliant with officers, according to a department spokesman.

The midday encounter on July 19 caught the eye of shoppers around the Trader Joe's lot on Santa Rita Road and generated some chatter on local social media channels.

"I can confirm that guns were drawn which is common for a high-risk stop or felony contact such as this case of a stolen vehicle. The response was from responding patrol officers and the incident was resolved within minutes," Pleasanton police Sgt. Marty Billdt told Livermore Vine. "No shots were fired."

The situation unfolded when Pleasanton police dispatch received an alert from its automated license plate reader system on July 19 about a Cadillac Escalade reported stolen out of Oakland being spotted at the Santa Rita Road and Rosewood Drive intersection, Billdt said.

Officers found the SUV and contacted two people standing near the vehicle in the Trader Joe's parking lot. "Initially, both individuals were non-compliant with officers, but they were eventually detained," Billdt said.

A 29-year-old Oakland man was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle as well as on two outstanding warrants for a stolen vehicle, according to the sergeant. A 25-year-old woman with the man was released at the scene.