Man pistol-whipped, robbed near DVC campus
A suspect was arrested Friday night on suspicion of robbery after a man was pistol-whipped and held up near Diablo Valley College earlier in the day, police said.
Ramesh Reshad, 18, was arrested at 10:45 p.m. near his Pleasant Hill home, said police Sgt. Matt Kristic.
"A couple of our patrol officers recognized the description of the suspect vehicle and suspect from prior contacts," Kristic said Saturday.
The robbery occurred about 4 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of Golf Club Road. Two men approached a 23-year-old man, pistol-whipped him and demanded his car keys, wallet and cellphone, which he handed over, police said.
One of the suspects was about to get into the stolen vehicle but fled the area as the victim ran to call police. The two suspects drove off in a second car. The victim's wallet was recovered about 1.5 miles away near Paso Nogal Road and Morello Avenue.
Reshad was booked into the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of robbery and other charges, police said. His bail was set at $250,000.
The second suspect is still at large, Kristic said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Pleasant Hill Police Department's Investigations Bureau at 925-288-4630.
-- Rebecca Parr and Karina Ioffee, Staff
Afternoon brushfire briefly threatens homes
EL SOBRANTE -- Firefighters battled and contained a 12-acre three-alarm vegetation fire off Olinda Road on Saturday afternoon, a Fire Department official said.
The fire was reported at 1:53 p.m. and threatened three homes at one point, but no structures were damaged, said Fire Marshal Robert Marshall of the Contra Costa County Fire District.
Firefighters used 15 engines, two helicopters and two air tankers to halt the blaze, he said. Firefighters from CalFire, Richmond, El Cerrito and Solano County assisted.
The fire occurred between the flatlands and taller hills of El Sobrante, Marshall said. "It's very hilly, with a lot of grass-type fuels and quite a few trees as well," he said.
-- Rebecca Parr, staff
Residents feel morning earthquake
A magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck about half a mile northeast of Union City at 10:22 a.m. Saturday.
There were no reports of damage, but people in 32 ZIP codes reported feeling light to weak shaking, said a U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman. Most reports were from Union City and Hayward.
"Usually you don't get damage unless the earthquake is 5.0 magnitude or higher," said Susan Garcia. The temblor was near the Hayward Fault, which extends through the East Bay from south Fremont to San Pablo Bay. More than 2.2 million people live near the active fault, which last had a major earthquake in 1868.
"There's a 31 percent chance of a 6.0 or greater earthquake occurring on that fault," Garcia said. "This serves as good reminder that earthquakes do happen in this area, and we should be prepared."
The USGS collects reports from residents at www.earthquake.usgs.gov.
"It's a wonderful tool for readers to bookmark and go on and report what they feel after an earthquake. In the event of a large earthquake, that will help responders go to areas that have the most damage," she said.
-- Rebecca Parr, staff
Parade and festival will mark Juneteenth
The city will celebrate African-American history at the annual Juneteenth Family Day Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 28.
The free annual event commemorates the spontaneous celebration that erupted on June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, were informed by Union soldiers that the Civil War had ended more than a month earlier and they were free.
The celebration starts with a parade at 10 a.m. at Cutting Boulevard and Marina Way that will feature Contra Costa College District Chancellor Helen Benjamin as grand marshal.
The parade ends at the festival site at Nicholl Park, 33rd Street and Macdonald Avenue, where there will be two stages of entertainment, health screenings, ethnic food, a children's expo, a youth poetry slam, a "Nae Nae" dance contest, local vendors and more.
Performers will include Slave, Dawn Robinson, Dee Dee Simon, the Rev. E. Romel Jackson, Nymani Music, Zettie Gooden, Anthony Washington and Levitical Movement and Chonda Renee Kirkland.
A special display will commemorate the Black Panther Party in Richmond.
-- Chris Treadway, staff