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Former Police Commander Arrested for Elder Abuse; Second Suspect Sought

Matthew Messier, formerly of the Pinole Police Department, was arrested on numerous counts and Elizabeth Regalado, Messier's wife, is still outstanding. There is a warrant out for Regalado's arrest.

From Pleasanton Police Department:

Today the Pleasanton Police Department ended a several month long investigation into an elder abuse case reported by Alameda County Adult Protective Services. The victim, an 82-year-old Pleasanton resident and property owner, was being defrauded by the suspects, Matthew Messier, 36, of Pleasanton, and Elizabeth Regalado, 30, his wife, by placing the victim’s entire estate into a trust controlled by the suspects.

Messier is a former Police Commander who was employed by the Pinole Police Department when this incident was first reported. The investigation revealed he used his position of authority to gain the trust of the victim.

He was arrested at his home for the following charges, 487(a) PC grand theft and 3 counts of attempted grand theft, four counts of 368(d) PC elder abuse, 470(d) PC forgery, two counts of 115(a) PC registering a fraudulent document, 182(a)(1) PC criminal conspiracy, and 6125 B&P practicing law without a license. Regalado was charged with one count of 182(a)(1) PC criminal conspiracy.

A complaint was filed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and two warrants were obtained for Messier and Regalado’s arrest. Messier was arrested on Nov. 16 and booked into Santa Rita Jail on the above charges. Messier’s wife, Elizabeth Regalado, is still outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Elizabeth Regalado or information that may be relevant to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Pleasanton Police Department directly at 925-931-5100 and reference Case 12-26567.

anonymous November 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Hey Bud, Your first comment about being innocent until proven guilty is totally correct. Your point is so right on, but looses its punch when you engage in personal attacks on others opinions. Stories of Elder Abuse are going to bring very emotional responses! Wether or not you choose to believe my comments is your choice. And believe me, I look forward to my day in court when I can tell what I have witnessed first hand what this man has done! I am writing on a blog just like you are, and it doesn't lessen the validity of what I have to say anymore than what you have to say. The way you wrote "they'll probably be taken as evidence. But I doubt it." is so judgemental. Why don't you ask me a question instead? I will answer you if I can.
Monika Harris November 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Hey Bud... You can say all the nasty little comments you want ...why don't we meet up and you can say them face to face with me ...name the time and place and I'll be there.... Bud, you are one of those people in life that are a bottom feeder .....you're a sad, sad little man ......I actually feel sorry for people like you ......out of all the comments people have made on here , not once have you opened your heart and said " wow, I feel so bad for that elderly woman " ....who knows , maybe this Matthew Messier person is your friend and your defending him?? So big man, why don't you take my offer and meet up with me and then you may say repeat all the things from this blog , directly to me.....
Bud Burlison November 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It's unfortunate that the word ignorant seems to be so pejorative when it only means that a person so described needs to educate themselves on an issue at hand. Monika and the rest of the bloggers that have accepted this alleged senior abuser's guilt at face value, just because he has been arrested for the crime. I usually have a considerable amount of faith in evidence for arrest, but I've also seen that evidence either not admitted in court or destroyed by a competent attorney. Public opinion is a dangerous commodity in the hands of those ignorant of due process. Anonymous; I respond in kind to personal attacks. Actually, the responses have been sort of tame. As far as you having your day in court as a witness, don't be surprised or disappointed if you deposition (if they allow you to present one) is discounted as hearsay. I will plead ignorance of Monika's last post. That is, I'm going to ignore it.
Bud Burlison November 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Anonymous; Your post of 1:42 p.m. Sunday leads me to believe that your anonymity may be betrayed by legal means. How do you come by the information that he was on administrative leave from PPD? I've used my means of legal search and haven't been able to come up with that sort of info. I'm very curious. I am not a past or present law enforcement officer. I am a past elected official that has always paid attention to the Constitution that I swore to. "Anonymous" ; Are you a present or past PPD officer that has information about Mr. Messier's behavior? I'm sure I could find this information if I wished to, but why don't you just come clean as to who you are and what you represent.
Pleasanton Resident November 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
It's no secret, Matt has freely told people the nature of his suspension. Whether or not he was telling the truth remains to be seen.

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