DA Will Not Pursue Criminal Charges in Middleton Place Beating

The 'lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed' was the basis for the District Attorney's decision not to file the case, according to police.

PLEASANTON, Ca: David Lamont
PLEASANTON, Ca: David Lamont
Pleasanton Police, after completing their investigation of an altercation on Middleton Place last September that left one man suffering from severe head injuries, say no charges will be filed by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

According to a statement released by police, " The Alameda County District Attorney has chosen not to pursue criminal charges citing lack of sufficient evidence to conclude a public offense was committed."

The case has been closed and no further investigation is pending, police officials said.

"Pleasanton Police Detectives have remained well connected with the Lamont Family throughout the investigation and have continuously updated them on the status and findings. The Lamont family has requested that no further media attention be given to the case and that they not be contacted for comment as they would simply like to put the incident behind them and continue to focus on healing."

David Lamont, 51, was seriously injured after the incident involving Lamont and four others. On Sept. 21, around 12:11 a.m., police responding to a 911 hang-up call say a man, later identified as Lamont, was found unconscious laying in the street in the 4900 block of Middleton Place. 

Investigators believe the victim had gone outside to confront a loud group of teenagers in the cul-de-sac when he was attacked and badly beaten.  

In a previous Patch report, Pleasanton Police said the four other people involved in the incident have been identified and questioned but no arrest has been made. 

Craig Mullins, a friend of David Lamont's family, created a fundraising page for the Lamont family to help with the expenses associated with 51-year-old's recovery.  Over $24,275.00 in donations have been raised to date. 
In Jan. friends and family of Lamont said he was slowly improving and has hit major milestones such as relearning to swallow and walk again thanks to his rehabilitation efforts. 

[Related article: Beating Victim's Family Says He is on a 'Journey Towards Significant Recovery']

Lamont's wife, Agnes Lamont, has been by Lamont's side since the incident. Lamont has two daughters.

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Sammy February 09, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Bobby Dee wrote: "A, instead of looking at this matter with your heart, use your brain.".......... Curious that someone who is apparently so proud of his brain could write such ridiculous sentences such as "Obviously there was some culpability on both sides in this matter." or "It's a real tragedy that someone suffered such trauma, but the situation was created, or at least exacerbated in some fashion by his actions."
timothy February 09, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Pleasanton Resident has a point. The system rewards DA's with high conviction rates so they can run for future political office. And bonuses. So throw out the difficult cases and you look good. If I was running for political office I would forbid bonuses to any government employees. Now case in point. The Democratic Party did everything it could to paint Kamela Harris as a quality attorney general for California. They suckered voters onto believing she is a quality AG but she is purely a politician. Doing a poor job. So perhaps our DA had political ambition. I wonder how much he gets in annual bonuses. Let alone 6 figure pensions that taxpayers foot. The people are victims.
Mari February 09, 2014 at 05:48 PM
I have a need to say something.... I read each and everyone's comments since my first comments/opinions. I do not claim to be a law expert or anything with a bigger brain then any of you. We have all made very good strong points. And with all due respect we are all I titled to our opinions. For me I am a mother, who believes that I have keen common sense, intuitive and I know wrong from right. In this situation, I hear and sense two very different and strong opinions. Ok sit down for what is going through my mind. I sense, there is a need to protect the young men who kicked Mr. Lamont so bad and left him for dead. But I can't help but think, that if we allow this behavior there is no reason for these same young man to kick the heck out of their own father, mother, sister brother or anyone who upsets them at work or in the community. Drive around with a bat and if they do not like someone on the road, at work, their boss well, get my point. What are we teaching? It's ok to kick someone's a.. If they say something to upset us. Hello we are going back kill or be killed.
Bobby Dee February 09, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Sammy, I thnk we have a bro-mance in the making...you can't stop cherry-picking certain parts of my responses and using them in any way you see fit...mor power to you, you muck-raking, emotional warrior you!
Bobby Dee February 09, 2014 at 07:17 PM
And it's great we can have a healthy discussion like this. I appreciate everyone's views and hear them loud and clear. ....even you Sam


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