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Richmond Police Arrest Suspected Gang Member Thought To Be Planning Shooting

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A suspected gang member who investigators believe was planning to carry out a shooting was arrested in Richmond on Tuesday night after fleeing detectives, police said today.

The arrest happened after Richmond police gang detectives on patrol spotted a car occupied by two men believed to be North Richmond gang members around 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

Abetkov said the officers attempted to stop the car, which had been reported stolen out of Oakland earlier that day, but the driver failed to yield.

The officers trailed the car for more than 2 miles until the suspects stopped on North Opal Street in North Richmond, got out and ran.

Police said officers set up a perimeter around the area and were able to capture the suspect believed to be the driver of the car with the help of a police K-9. Officers also found a gun inside the car and another gun apparently dumped by one of the suspects as they fled, police said.

The suspect apprehended is an 18-year-old whose name has not been released, according to Lt. Sean Pickett. He was arrested on suspicion of evading police and gang enhancements and taken to county jail in Martinez.

The second suspect remains at large and police are attempting to locate him.

Police believe the two suspects were driving through Central Richmond with plans to shoot someone before they were spotted by detectives.

Pickett said the suspects were both wearing attire affiliated with a North Richmond gang. The suspect who was arrested has had many run-ins with Richmond police, according to Abetkov.

“The officers had the experience and the expertise to recognize that the individuals were basically flying their colors in another rival gang area,” Pickett said.

“Those officers potentially saved somebody’s life,” he said.

Richmond police gang units have increased patrols over the past two weeks after shootings in North Richmond left two men dead and three others injured.

Police said it is unclear whether the suspects arrested Tuesday night were planning a shooting in retaliation for the North Richmond violence.

No suspects have been arrested in connection with the North Richmond shootings.

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