Feb 8, 2016
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A central Richmond juvenile with alleged gang affiliations was arrested in connection with a robbery and shooting at the Pinole Valley Lanes bowling alley on Jan. 16 that critically injured a 19-year-old man, police said.

The juvenile, whose name is not being released because is a minor, was connected to the incident with help from surveillance footage, and last Tuesday, Feb. 2, a school resource officer spotted him at a high school sporting event in Richmond, which led to the arrest, according to the Pinole Police Department.

The shooting unfolded about 8:25 p.m. on Jan. 16, when officers responded to the 1500 block of Pinole Valley Road on reports of gunfire, but found no suspects or victim, police said. The 19-year-old victim, while suffering gunshot wounds to his upper torso, fled in his vehicle onto Highway 80, where he was involved in an accident in San Pablo.

The Richmond resident was found in critical condition and taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he underwent emergency surgery, police said.

After the incident, surveillance conducted by the Contra Costa County Safe Streets Task Force, which worked in concert with Pinole police on the investigation, was used to help identify the suspect, police said. The investigation found that the apparent motive for the incident was robbery.

The suspect was and booked on multiple charges into Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall on $2,120,000 bail.


  1. As a former secretary in a prosecutors office I can almost bet this ‘teen’ will not face full charges. He will plea bargain for a much lesser crime and be out on the streets in less than 5 years. I have seen violent kids have the serious charges dropped, but charged for the gram of marijuana found in their pockets. Keep this in mind when you hear ‘inner city’ or ‘minority’ youth are overly-charged for drugs. 90% of the time they committed much more serious crimes that were swept away. Anyone who commits violent crime with a gun should get life in jail, ‘teen’ or ‘adult’.

    KeepRichmondCleanOfGarbagePeople | Mar 2nd, 2016

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.