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Victim, Suspects Identified In Fatal Shooting At Home Depot In Pleasanton


Blake Mohs (right) was fatally shot at Home Depot in Pleasanton on Tuesday. Pictured with his fiancée. (photo: facebook)

A 26-year-old man working as a Home Depot security guard in Pleasanton died after being shot by an alleged shoplifter at the store Tuesday, police said.

The guard, identified by Pleasanton police as Tri-Valley resident and Eagle Scout Blake Mohs, died following the shooting that occurred around 2:15 p.m. at the store at 6000 Johnson Drive.

Police said Mohs confronted the alleged shoplifter, a 32-year-old woman named Benicia Knapps who resisted and shot him.


Knapps then ran to a getaway vehicle driven by David Guillory, 31, that also had Knapp’s child inside. About 15 minutes later, Knapps and Guillory were located and detained by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, and the child was released to relatives.

Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown issued a statement Wednesday about the fatal shooting of Mohs, who was involved in community youth programs and planned to get married this summer.

“I am devastated by the loss of Blake Mohs in yesterday’s senseless shooting. Through his service to Tri-Valley organizations, Blake was a model for others. To have a life cut short is heartbreaking and infuriating. I’m joined by the City Council in offering our deepest condolences to Blake’s family, friends, loved ones, and to everyone impacted by this tragedy,” Brown said in the statement.

A Home Depot spokesperson said, “We’re heartbroken over this senseless tragedy. Blake was our associate and friend, and our hearts go out to his family and everyone who knew and loved him.”


Anyone who has information about the case is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.

suspects – photo courtesy of the Pleasanton Police Dept.


Shim April 19, 2023 - 2:36 PM - 2:36 PM

Senseless is an understatement! Watch DA Price cut a deal for some ridiculously minimal charge and sentence. California’s voters are some of the most ignorant people on this earth!

Dawg April 19, 2023 - 3:34 PM - 3:34 PM

SHIM….. It’s California’s Democrat voters that are some of the most ignorant people on this earth! Then we have an assortment of liberal officials and politicians, who are morally evil, and just don’t give a damn about anything except in destroying the American way of life, and try to convince us that we should accept immoral behavior, and acts of violence as normal.
Such devastation for the family of Mr Mohs, and his fiancée. If any of you are reading this, I’m so sorry for your loss.

Badge1104 April 19, 2023 - 4:12 PM - 4:12 PM

What do you want to bet that this couple has done this quite a few times before, and have been allowed to discontinue plying their trade I sympathetic judges and DArather than being locked up where they should have been.
And folks this is getting worse! It’s going to get much worse until you all wake up, or become victims yourself whichever happens first.

Kevin April 19, 2023 - 6:43 PM - 6:43 PM

Someone has voted to allow this behavior. Maybe vote for someone else next time. Normally they hide the perps picture.

Concord Grape April 19, 2023 - 2:38 PM - 2:38 PM

your damned right!!!!

Concord Grape April 19, 2023 - 2:38 PM - 2:38 PM

Your damned right!!!

Juryisout April 19, 2023 - 4:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Take her out back and shoot her. She’s guilty, she did it get rid of her, maybe a Good Samaritan in jail will knock her off.

MikeyV April 19, 2023 - 2:41 PM - 2:41 PM

Benicia and Dijon. You can’t make this stuff up. 🙁

Mojoduck April 19, 2023 - 2:45 PM - 2:45 PM

She should at least 20 years , but they don’t do that anymore . she’ll get may 6 and be out is 3 for good behavior.

Rollo Tomasi April 19, 2023 - 2:45 PM - 2:45 PM

I’m guessing she wasn’t stealing baby formula. Or work boots.

Lee April 19, 2023 - 5:26 PM - 5:26 PM

Work boots. Now THAT’S funny!

WC April 19, 2023 - 2:47 PM - 2:47 PM

Nothing in that store was worth his life. RIP and prayers for his family and girlfriend.

Domo April 19, 2023 - 2:56 PM - 2:56 PM

Murder – prison for life – no chance for parole …. c’mon – DA’s – send a message!

Oh, please April 19, 2023 - 8:48 PM - 8:48 PM

I’m sick of people being in prison for decades. that does not work. We need a fast track to lethal injections and just get rid of this trash quickly.

Jeff (the other one) April 19, 2023 - 3:14 PM - 3:14 PM

The level of violence is starting to turn the corner. Smash and grabs led to significant financial loss, but, as best I can tell, homicidal outcomes have been at a minimum. We’ll see if there are any ramifications/consequences to these 2 despicable excuses for human beings. I hope this is not the opening salvo to expand smash and grab to smash grab and assault.

Poor guy and his family.

redrazor April 19, 2023 - 3:23 PM - 3:23 PM

Nice Looking Couple …NOT 💩

bdml April 19, 2023 - 7:02 PM - 7:02 PM

Complete 💩

redrazor April 19, 2023 - 3:24 PM - 3:24 PM

My comment was about the Killers not the poor guy that got killed. Sorry.

Ricardoh April 19, 2023 - 3:40 PM - 3:40 PM

We figured that.

Joe April 19, 2023 - 3:28 PM - 3:28 PM

People should be allowed to defend themselves! So sick of these thugs.

Original G April 19, 2023 - 3:30 PM - 3:30 PM

LIFE without possibility of parole ! ! ! !
If there is no threat of incarceration,
there is no deterrence to criminal behavior

Oh, please April 19, 2023 - 8:49 PM - 8:49 PM

I’m sick of people being in prison for decades. that does not work. We need a fast track to lethal injections and just get rid of this trash quickly.

Ricardoh April 19, 2023 - 3:38 PM - 3:38 PM

What a brutal stupid woman. Kill someone over shoplifting. I hope she never gets out of jail alive. The Home Depot in Oakland has armed guards so they come out here for easy pickings. She took the life of a great person. The boyfriend drove her to Pleasanton to steal and he knew she had a gun so he goes down big time also.

America April 19, 2023 - 3:40 PM - 3:40 PM

According to the liberal talking heads, these fine people only loot and kill because they are “hungry.”

bdml April 20, 2023 - 7:01 AM - 7:01 AM

The liberal talking heads don’t care about anyone else but themselves

Bill April 19, 2023 - 3:41 PM - 3:41 PM

RIP Blake.

I wonder if Benicia has ever been arrested before?

bdml April 19, 2023 - 7:09 PM - 7:09 PM

Why who cares she should get the same treatment Mr. Mohs received from her

DD April 19, 2023 - 5:02 PM - 5:02 PM

I’d like to know a bit more about their criminal past (if any.)

bdml April 19, 2023 - 7:08 PM - 7:08 PM

If any really? They are straight SCUM and didn’t start being SCUM at Home Depot & poor Mr. Mohs certainly didn’t deserve what he got. I could care less about their obvious criminal history & want justice for Mr. Mohs but that won’t happen with the useless Alameda County DA

Oh, please April 19, 2023 - 8:50 PM - 8:50 PM

If any? Lol, lol, lol.

PESFG April 19, 2023 - 5:42 PM - 5:42 PM

Police stated” We have lost a valuable…and was a valuable partner with law enforcement…” Well, not as valuable as the criminals who were already known to law enforcement. Many more law abiding citizens, such as this 26 year-old man, will continue to die, unfortunately, because the law has strayed from calling out bad behavior. Heaven forbid criminals’ feelings get hurt and be ostracized, it would be inconceivable!

PESFG April 19, 2023 - 8:46 PM - 8:46 PM

* Police stated: “We have lost a valuable member of our community…”

Cautiously Informed April 19, 2023 - 7:54 PM - 7:54 PM

‘It’s a mass protest’

The Fearless Spectator April 19, 2023 - 8:03 PM - 8:03 PM

Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Look at the picture of the victim and his fiancé, and their character is clear.
Look at the picture of the perps, and their character is clear.
Forget skin color, look at their eyes.

bendavis801 April 19, 2023 - 8:51 PM - 8:51 PM

This makes me sick. Why in the hell would she shoot the security guard? He wasn’t going to arrest her he was just there as a deterrent. So Sad.

bdml April 20, 2023 - 6:58 AM - 6:58 AM

People like the suspects are a true stain on society, stop elevating the criminal…

Chris April 19, 2023 - 9:44 PM - 9:44 PM

Another continuous tragedy 😢 in which a productive member in our society is killed by a useless thug over something so minor. This suspect shows the kind of evil in her to do something so vile. I’d love to see both of their arrest records. I’m sure Pamela Price will work out a plea deal in which the murderer will be out in a few years. Pamela will justify it by saying something like she has a two year old daughter who needs her.

Local mother April 19, 2023 - 10:05 PM - 10:05 PM

She is a disgrace to humanity and ESPECIALLY to motherhood. I can’t imagine bringing my child in the car while I commit a crime, killing someone in the process, then getting back into the car with my child and speeding away to run from the law. I can’t imagine the horrific situations that child has been exposed to. And worst of all, we have lost another decent, brave, positive contributor to society at the hands of a worthless waste of life. The injustice fills me with pure rage. Absolutely sickening

Throw The Book... April 19, 2023 - 10:23 PM - 10:23 PM

Let your heartache turn into a voice for better social safety enforcement at the ballot box. Vote for politicians who are tough on crime and also will approve bigger budgets for hiring more police enforcement.
There is nothing morally wrong with being tough on crime.
It’s about time a long time ago…

Original G April 19, 2023 - 10:24 PM - 10:24 PM

A concept and FACT that soft on crime liberals can not grasp,
there are straight up predators walking our streets who have ZERO empathy for their victims.
Society needs protection from the predatory criminal class.

TwoTonTony April 19, 2023 - 11:30 PM - 11:30 PM

I bet this won’t make it on local news TV. Drain the swamp!!! They’re destroying the country!!! Biden administration are domestic terrorists at this point!!

AJ April 20, 2023 - 9:25 AM - 9:25 AM

I suggest you tune in to ABC7. It was on their news cycle yesterday, we’ll before your comment was made.

Voice Of Reason April 20, 2023 - 2:27 PM - 2:27 PM

So very sad. And hope these 2 get life in jail. Odds
Are they won’t. And….a kid in car? I’d
Like to know the value of the item she was trying to steal?

Meanwhile, inChicago, the Mayor, who’s
On way out, corrected a reporter that asked “….thoughts on the mayhem going on”. Prior to Major Lightfoot danced around an answer BUT have a
Very fast reply… immediately she said, “Mayhem? Those are your words not mine, I would not classify what’s happening that way…..”. Another local
Official said we “….we should not demonize these highschoolers … as ..we all know they’ve not had the same opportunities as others….”

The more these extreme left wingers condone these things the more they get worse

And yes, there’s more….

2 weeks ago a big news outlet apologized for “misgendering” of the trans person (when they reported the Prior) the killing of 6 people (3 young kids). Yes. Apologized to a dead killer.

So many more examples whereby gender, ideology and race are more Important than the vicious acts
Committed. These crimes should not excused for
Any of these things.

What on earth has happened to
Our great country?

shocked April 20, 2023 - 2:28 PM - 2:28 PM

31, and 31 years old??? NO WAY!!!!!!! They look like they are in their late 40’s to 50’s


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