FREMONT (BCN) — A man and woman from Port Costa have been charged with attempted murder and robbery for the alleged beating and robbery of a 55-year-old woman at her Fremont home after she returned from a casino, police said.
When the victim returned to her residence on the 40400 block Citrus Drive at 1 a.m. on Oct. 18 after gambling at a South Bay casino she was struck in the back of her head multiple times by a hard object, police said.
A male suspect wearing dark-colored clothing then stole her purse, which contained cash, credit cards and identification, according to police.
The victim’s husband heard screaming and briefly chased the suspect but the suspect fled on foot and then entered the front passenger seat of a tan-colored sedan with paper plates, police said.
Police officers and paramedics immediately responded to the scene and the woman was transported to a regional trauma center for medical aid, according to police.
After investigators learned that the victim had just returned from a casino, they contacted the business and viewed surveillance video that showed a male, identified as 44-year-old Barry Heisner by security officers,
watching the victim closely and following her around the casino floor, police said.
The video showed that when the woman left the casino the male followed her out to the parking lot. The victim was also followed as she left the property, according to police.
Surveillance video that was obtained from a residence near the victim’s house also showed a similar sedan follow the victim home and park a few houses away, police said.
The video showed a male suspect in dark-colored clothing exiting the front passenger seat of the vehicle and walking to the victim’s driveway, according to police.
The man is then seen running back to the waiting sedan and the vehicle is last seen fleeing the area toward Fremont Boulevard, police said.
Detectives were called in. They immediately began developing information on Barry Heisner and learned that his girlfriend, Darlene Marquis, is the registered owner of a 1999 tan-colored Toyota Camry, which matches the description of the vehicle Heisner was seen getting into at the casino and described by witnesses, according to police.
Warrants were issued for the arrest of Heisner and Marquis and the Fremont Police Department’s SWAT Team located them driving the tan Toyota Camry registered to Marquis in Pittsburg at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and they were taken into custody without incident, police said.
Detectives who executed a search warrant at Marquis’ residence in Port Costa recovered the victim’s stolen property, including her wallet, identification card, credit cards and purse, according to police.
In addition, detectives recovered a copper Maglite flashlight that is believed to be the weapon that was used to attack the victim, police said.
Heisner and Marquis are being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and are scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward on Nov. 9 to enter a plea.
Fremont police said they delayed announcing the arrest of Heisner and Marquis because they were collaborating with other law enforcement agencies on similar investigations.