Two street gang members were arrested Sunday for the strong-armed robbery of a pedestrian in Salinas after they led police on a high-speed chase, a police commander said. Manuel Chan, 19, and a 17-year-old male, both identified as gang members from Greenfield, were booked into jail on suspicion of robbery, evading police and criminal conspiracy with a gang enhancement, police Cmdr. David Crabill said.
At about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, a 51-year-old man reported he was walking home in the 400 block of Towt Street when two suspects struck him in the back of his head, causing him to fall down, according to police. The pair then beat the man repeatedly, robbed him of identification, bank and ATM cards from his pockets. The suspects then ran to a silver pickup truck with red lettering on the rear and sped away.
A Salinas police officer who happened to be in the area spotted the pickup truck traveling away and the victim flagged the officer down. A second officer in the vicinity also saw the pickup truck drive by and tried to pull it over but the driver, Chan, led the officer on a high-speed pursuit.
The chase ended with the two suspects placed under arrest almost a mile away in a suburban area in the 1400 block of Tecopa Street near Alisal High School, according to officers. All of the victim’s property was recovered, police said. Chan was booked into the Monterey County Jail and the 17-year-old boy was booked into the county juvenile hall.
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