Two teenage suspects fled from a stolen vehicle while being pursued by police Monday night in Watsonville, according to police. A citizen notified police about a suspicious vehicle in the area of South Green Valley Road and Silverleaf Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Police determined that the vehicle, a silver 1997 Honda Accord, had been reported stolen on Aug. 25, police said. An officer followed the vehicle as it turned onto Carnation Drive and then abruptly stopped, police said. The driver quickly exited the car, causing a loaded magazine from a handgun to drop to the ground.
He took off on foot, running south through backyards and jumping fences, according to police. The front passenger, a female, also fled from the vehicle and headed south on foot. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office helped set up a perimeter, and Capitola police brought in their K-9 unit to assist with the search. The female suspect, a 14-year-old Hispanic Watsonville resident, was quickly located and arrested, police said. The driver, later identified as Andres Lopez, 18, of Watsonville, was found in a back yard on Fuchsia Drive with the help of residents, police said.
The female suspect had an outstanding warrant and was arrested for vehicle theft and resisting arrest. Lopez refused to give police his name, but was later identified by his tattoos. Police found that he had multiple warrants out for his arrest. Lopez was arrested for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and participating in a street gang, police said. Officers were unable to locate the firearm to which the magazine belonged.
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