On Nov. 14, police took a 24-year-old Oakland man into custody on suspicion of rape and assault. According to authorities, the man might have been involved in two crimes, with the first occurring on Oct. 6 and the second, on Nov. 5.
On Oct. 6, Pleasanton authorities were reportedly called to a motel at 5:52 p.m. to investigate a robbery. A woman claimed that she had agreed to meet up with a man, who then allegedly pulled out a gun and robbed the woman of her IPad and money. She also claimed that he raped her. The second incident, which occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Nov. 5, involved a second woman who claimed that a man sexually assaulted her at gunpoint and stole her money. That woman called the authorities after the alleged incident, but the man left before officials arrived, authorities reported.
Authorities allegedly identified the man from DNA evidence that had been left at the scene. When officials executed a search warrant at the man's residence, they purportedly recovered items that linked him to the two crimes. Furthermore, both of the women identified the man in a line-up, authorities said.
The penalties for a conviction on criminal charges like assault, rape or theft can be severe, and accused individuals who do not mount an earnest defense against the charges may face incarceration as well as costly fines and probation. However, accused individuals who do retain a criminal defense attorney and prepare and present an exhaustive defense may expose specious evidence and challenge whether the actions of arresting officers were consistent with proper protocol and the law. In this way, prosecutors may be forced to drop charges or dismiss the case outright, and accused individuals may avoid criminal penalties.
Source: Pleasanton Patch, "Pleasanton Police Arrest Oakland Man on Suspicion of Rape, Robbery", Autumn Johnson, November 15, 2014