Pleasanton police have arrested two men suspected of verbally and physically assaulting a taxicab driver Thursday. Units responded to report of a battery in progress at a 7-Eleven store on Valley Avenue at around 1:10 a.m., according to the Pleasanton Police Department. Jaswinder Bangar, a local taxi driver, was found suffering facial lacerations and a broken tooth. Bangar told police he had picked up two men at the Redcoats British Pub and Restaurant in Pleasanton who, on the way to Danville, began calling Bangar derogatory names and punched him in back of the head. Bangar said he pulled into the parking lot at 7-Eleven to call police, but the two men, later identified as Jacob Billingsley, of Alamo, and Danville resident Michael Goldstein, grabbed the cell phone and broke it. Billingsley and Goldstein continued to assault and injure the victim before running north on Valley Avenue, according to police. A subsequent investigation into leads led officers to Goldstein’s home in Danville, where both men were found hiding and arrested on related charges. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information regarding the suspects or the alleged assault is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.
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