Police have identified three armed robbery suspects who led officers from multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties early this morning. Santa Rosa residents Jose Campos, 22, and Javier Campos, 20, were arrested around 2 a.m. on suspicion of armed robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and conspiracy this morning along with Chris Silva, 24, of Visalia, according to a Sonoma County Sheriff’s report.
Around 1:15 a.m., deputies received a report of a home invasion robbery in Petaluma in which three men carrying handguns tied up the victims and robbed them at gunpoint, stealing roughly 8 pounds of marijuana, about $2,500 in cash and a cell phone, police said. When a deputy spotted three people in a black Mercury Mountaineer SUV driving along Pepper Road near Stony Point Road in Petaluma, he began a traffic stop, but the car failed to yield and sped onto southbound U.S. Highway 101.
The suspects promptly threw two handguns out of the SUV’s windows, causing the deputy in pursuit to run over one of the weapons, puncturing a tire.Another deputy continued the chase with help from Petaluma police until the vehicle crossed into Marin County, when area CHP officers took over the pursuit, following the suspects at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
San Rafael police placed a spike strip on the highway, causing the suspects’ right front tire to deflate. The suspects exited the freeway at Andersen Drive in San Rafael and began driving the wrong way down the street, failing to stop at traffic lights. The car’s shredded front tire came off and the suspect kept driving on a sparking wheel, and later, on nothing more than a rotor and partial wheel rim at 70 miles per hour over the Richmond San Rafael Bridge, police said.
Police caught up with the suspects after the SUV slowed to a halt on a residential street in Richmond. The front of the car immediately burst into flames and personnel from the CHP, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, Petaluma police and Richmond police arrested the three suspects. All three men are being held in Sonoma County Jail on $40,000 bail.
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