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Daylight Armed Robbery In Downtown Lafayette Saturday

A Lafayette police spokesman confirms accounts of an armed robbery in the parking lot near McCaulou's Saturday.

A police spokesman has confirmed reports Patch received Saturday about a daylight armed robbery in the McCaulou's parking lot.

Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said the incident occurred just before 3 p.m. in the parking lot as the suspect approached a 71-year-old woman, displayed a handgun and made off with her purse.

Lee confirmed witness accounts that the suspect also brandished the weapon in the direction of a witness who tried to intervene.

The gunman, described as a black male in his early 20s, fled in a 4-door maroon-colored car last seen heading west on Mt. Diablo Boulevard. Lafayette police responded but could not locate the suspect or vehicle. No one was injured during the robbery.

Lee asked anyone with any information on the case should call the police at (925) 646-2441. 

Also Saturday, Patch received a report of an incident at the corner of Mosswood and Village Center, where two women parked prior to a walk to the Lafayette Reservoir. Both women put their purses in the trunk of their vehicle.

Witnesses reported hearing a car alarm sounding soon after and noticed that the driver's side window had been smashed. They told Patch a man was seen taking the purses and leaving the area in a black truck.

Ed February 06, 2012 at 06:14 AM
JD, thanks for the education on "community journalism" vs. "community blog". Even thoug i don't fully agree, I'm sure the people involved in the relevant article in the past will find some comfort in it. My point was made prior to the update of the story (which now contains facts and cites officials such as Mr. Lee) and is no less valid now that this article proves accurate.
J.D. O'Connor February 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
One point about the "Regulars" or "Patch Irregulars," Ed. They are your neighbors. They are downtown merchants. They are off duty police and firefighters. We are blessed to have their trust and they ours. When things happen, they call us -- as they did Saturday.
Sandy February 06, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I want to know when these things are happening. Why *wouldn't you want to know?* I don't understand that position at all.
Ed February 07, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Thanks again, JD, but that does not address my original point. This is not a question of "do I want to know of crime, or do I not want to know of crime in my neighborhood", nor is it a matter of trusting my neighbors, or firefighters, or merchants. It's a caution, based upon past real experiences, against using unverified or uncited people on the street / "regulars" of any origin. I am an avid reader and fan of the patch, and would like to see its journalistic integrity standard held high. As you do.
J.D. O'Connor February 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
@Ed I think I understand your point, but am unclear on the thrust. Are you saying you trust only that news generated by "official sources?" As far as I can remember, and believe me I go back a fair way, 99 percent of the news I've covered has come from a person in the street who saw something in his or her community and asked us to cover it. We talk with them and we bounce what we learn off officials who, hopefully, are in a position to comment on it. Nothing has changed, that's the way it has been done for years -- except now we're much more immediate and interactive. I don't know, I THINK we're agreeing, can't always be sure and I take nothing for granted. One thing is certain, the news organization that DOES NOT listen to the people on Main Street -- who we've come to call "The Irregulars" -- is doing a disservice to the people it's trying to serve.

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