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* Alleged Robbery Suspects Arrested in Oakland After High Speed Chase-Watch Newscast Here

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Two men and a woman were arrested early this morning after they fled from police responding to a robbery in Oakland and led authorities on a high-speed chase to Treasure Island and back, a police spokesman said. Officers responded to a 1:14 a.m. report of a robbery in progress near the intersection of Jean Street and Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason said. The car used in the robbery was described as a white, four-door vehicle. A short time later, officers spotted a similar car traveling on 14th Avenue with no license plates and three people inside, Thomason said. The car drove north and onto Interstate Highway 580, where officers tried to pull it over. The driver failed to yield, and a high-speed pursuit began, Thomason said. The California Highway Patrol assisted in the chase, which went halfway across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, where the white car doubled back toward Oakland, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said. At times, the vehicle was traveling at speeds of more than 100 mph, Morgan said. The car exited the highway in Oakland, where CHP officers used a “pursuit interception technique” to disable the car in the 2400 block of Highland Avenue, Thomason said. Two of the occupants, a 21-year-old man and 20-year-old woman, were taken into custody immediately, while the third fled on foot into nearby yards. Police set up a perimeter and eventually arrested the third suspect, a 22-year-old man, according to Thomason. All three suspects, whose names have not yet been released, were arrested in connection with the earlier robbery and for evading police. Investigators are looking into whether the suspects are responsible for a string of robberies in recent weeks, Thomason said.

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