Five teens were arrested in Richmond early this morning after robbing a man at gunpoint at his front door and returning to the scene to steal his SUV, a police spokeswoman said. The victim was about to enter his house in the 800 block of South 45th Street around 1 a.m. when three teenage boys held him up at gunpoint and demanded his wallet, cellphone and car keys, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.
The suspects made off with the man’s property and police were called to the home to take a report of the incident, Abetkov said. About 90 minutes later, the three suspects returned to the home with two other teenage boys and attempted to take the victim’s SUV. The man’s wife exited the house and confronted the suspects, one of whom pointed a gun at her, according to Abetkov.
The husband called police and drove after the suspects as they sped away in his car, helping officers locate the suspects on eastbound Interstate Highway 80. The suspects continued driving even as police tried to pull them over. They crashed the SUV a short time later on the El Portal Drive off-ramp in San Pablo, Abetkov said. One of the suspects left the car and ran from the scene but was apprehended a short time later after a police K-9 bit him, the spokeswoman said.
The four remaining suspects stayed inside the car and were arrested. All five suspects were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash. Police said one of the suspects, 18-year-old Phillip Jackson, was taken to county jail in Martinez. The rest, 16 and 17-year-olds whose names were not released due to their age, were taken to Juvenile Hall, according to the sergeant. Abetkov said the suspects face charges including robbery, carjacking, evading police, resisting arrest and conspiracy.
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