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Charges filed in Alamo jewelry store robbery

Original post made on Dec 12, 2009

Officials from the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office filed multiple charges Wednesday against a 50-year-old Alamo resident in connection with the recent attempted robbery of the Alamo Jewelry Mart that ended in two people being shot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 11, 2009, 4:02 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Gunslinger .45
a resident of Danville
on Dec 12, 2009 at 11:19 am

You hear that folks. Cop Terry and the Danville Weakly want you to focus on gun ownership as a corollation to armed robbery. They never wish you to corollate group homes, or illegal immigrants, or anything else except for that which is statistically white- such as LEGAL gun ownership and enthusiasm. I am no hunter, no threat to good people, but as a gun owner I'm happy to say I'm threatening to criminals.

Posted by Gunslinger .45
a resident of Danville
on Dec 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

PS: if Herrera wasn't armed, he might be dead. The suspect had a silencer. Chances are he was not gonna let Herrera live. He would silently execute the only witness and be gone, but he was met in kind

Posted by Gunslinger .45
a resident of Danville
on Dec 12, 2009 at 11:31 am

Everyone read the sfgate article on this story. They tell how Herrera was saved by his gun ownership.

Posted by Kim
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2009 at 12:20 am

No threat to good people until your over the top remarks get out of hand, Gunslinger. Do people like you really live in this town? Glad you're not my neighbor, Mr. Level Headed. All is good until you looooossssssseeeeeeee it....

Posted by Gunslinger .45
a resident of Danville
on Dec 13, 2009 at 11:12 am

I assure you sweetheart, I am absotively, posolutely not a threat to the non-criminals of this town. So give it a rest. I am a peaceful man. I wouldn't harm an animal with undue cause, let alone a human. However, I'm neither a fool nor a coward. So I will protect myself, arm myself, even less for me than for those I love

Posted by Treebeard
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 13, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I thinks maybe this was a planned suicide attempt from the beginning in order to collect insurance money for his family. Nothing else makes much sense.

Posted by cardfark
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

Aw, gs, we know you were hopin' for a hoodie-n-baggy-pants-wearin' Somali/Mexican illegal group-home-livin' pirate with a wad of bills in the front pocket, bags of crack falling out the back and a boombox on his shoulder, but is that really the best you can do?

Maybe You need the rest?

Posted by SuzieQ
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:29 am

Let's see-rich man who loves to collect weapons loses his wealth and he goes postal on a fellow businessman, and Gunslinger is worried about some poor guy from the "hood" or some "illegal" invading his perfect neighbohood. Maybe it's time for a reality check. Wonder how many of those upstanding, BMW driving white guys, collect arsenal of weapons? Hope they keep them away from their perfect socker playing children! Rather than worrying about all those "illegals" invading our territory, maybe we should be worried about the homes we allow our children to visit.

Posted by GREG
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:46 am

He had a silencer on the gun for a reason.........He was out to kill!!! He is a selfish spoiled idiot that needs to be put to death. How stupid was he, if he needed money that bad he could have robbed a bank. Better yet why not sell the airplane and the wine in his wine cellar or maybe even find a few jobs.....VERY SELFISH IDIOT!

Posted by Ralph N
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:51 am

Selfish with an attitude to match. Guess he and his family won't be looking down on their "less fortunate" neighbors now.

Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

Dear Dolores,

More "Disgustion" rather than discussion? More attacks on authors rather than thoughtful comment on the story and its issues?

It does seem that Gina Allen needs to explain the selective application of Terms of Use for her EXPRESS Forum.


Posted by SuzieQ
a resident of Danville
on Dec 14, 2009 at 9:41 am

Scary stuff! Sounds like Mr. Dick is just about ready to go postal himself. Perhaps the police need to pay him a visit before it's too late.

Posted by Linda
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

Absolutely Tragic! Most of us in this area have become so dependent on our stuff, award winning schools, and status, and don't think about how in the blink of an eye, it can all be gone. I can't imagine what sort of desperation a person must feel to resort to robbing, and possibly killing another human being. My heart aches for the family. Let's all think hard about what priorities we have set for ourselves.

Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

The wife and teenage daughter are great people. They lost there home, their dad went crazy and is in coma as he tried to kill someone and himself. And now it's the holidays. I feel very bad for them. They are having a rough time. I hope the community really supports the family as this was not their fault and they don't deserve this to happen to them.

Posted by JTanner
a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

Besides Sarah Palin, how many women are rabid gun collectors?
The robber is 100% at fault and everything resulted as a consequence of his actions. However, what were the consequences of the store owners actions when he went for his gun? Of the possible outcomes after the situation was over: 1) robbed and dead, 2) robbed and shot and seriously injured, 3) robbed and shot at but not injured, 4) Not robbed but dead, 5) Not robbed but seriously injured, 6) Not robbed but shot at 7) Not robbed by talking the robber out of his actions and 8) Robbed, alive, robber escapes without harm to be chased down by police.
This is just me, but if I were in BOTH their shoes, I would not have reached for a gun.
Other questions, if you have insurance as a jewelry store owner, why would you reach for a gun? If you don't have insurance, why would you reach for a gun?
None of us where there to hear the spoken words or inside the robbers or store owners minds. I wonder if there were a clear indication that no matter what the robber was going to kill him. If there were, we all know that reaching for the gun was all the store owner could do to save his own life.
How many times in these kind of robberies does the perpetrator shoot to kill? Certainly not 100%. I am sure that some in law enforcement can give a better idea.

Posted by Dick P
a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

For the record, every wife I've ever had loved my guns and sometimes even bought some of their own. My wife Mirabelle had a Cabela's credit card for that exact purpose. And for the record, if in any situation ever, I WOULD reach for my gun, and I DO shoot to kill. Thank you.

Posted by Ray K
a resident of Danville
on Dec 18, 2009 at 9:40 am

J Tanner ... You raise many questions and you conclude "...I wouldn't have reached for a gun ..." Well, with the armed robber coming in and facing you as the store employee .... we'd be reading your obit today.

It was no accident he came prepared with a silencer on the revolver.

With his big Alamo home (Google it) in foreclosure, this robber is no dummy; he probably figured out the security / camera systems and was prepared to take over the store and dismantle any video evidence ... as well SILENCE the lone witness.

Life today doesn't come with clear-cut options; the jewelry store employee is alive today for his efforts to protect self & property.

Take away guns from citizens leaves only a few people with them .... do we really want those people (criminals) to be the only ones with guns?

Posted by Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Dec 31, 2009 at 8:49 am

The shop owner was bagging the robber's wife.

Posted by Myron R.
a resident of Danville
on Jan 25, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Some of you people know squat about guns. I'm glad you don't own any. You make better human shields for the rest of us.

Posted by What ever happen to Tom ?
a resident of Danville
on Apr 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

What ever happened to Tom Paul Bennett ?
What was he convicted of ? How long did he serve ? What is his current status ?


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