Four teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of carjacking after leading police officers from three different law enforcement agencies on high-speed chases in San Leandro and Oakland on Thursday night, San Leandro police said. Police said that at about 7:45 p.m. on Thursday the suspects drove a Nissan Versa, which had been reported stolen in Santa Clara County earlier in the evening, to the 200 block of Bristol Boulevard in San Leandro, where two of the suspects, one armed with a pistol, took a man’s Toyota Camry from the man at gunpoint in his driveway. Both the Nissan and the Toyota drove away but were seen minutes later by a San Leandro police crime suppression team, which began pursuing both vehicles.
Police said that when officers attempted to stop the carjacked vehicle, it accelerated, leading the officers on a high-speed pursuit on Interstate Highway 580 but when the vehicles reached excessive speeds the officers determined that it was too dangerous to continue the chase and terminated it. The vehicles’ descriptions were then broadcast to other law enforcement agencies in the area. Alameda County sheriff’s deputies spotted the carjacked Toyota Camry a short time later and began to pursue it on the freeway but lost sight of it on Seminary Avenue in Oakland, police said. San Leandro police officers spotted the Toyota parked on 76th Avenue in East Oakland a few minutes and began watching it, according to police.
When the four teens came out of a residence and got into the Toyota officers tried to stop them but they fled once more, leading officers on another pursuit through city streets in Oakland, police said. Oakland police officers and a helicopter unit assisted San Leandro police in the chase. The Toyota turned onto the 4700 block of Walnut Street in the Maxwell Park area of East Oakland and the suspects ran into several yards in a residential neighborhood, police said. Police canine teams from San Leandro and Oakland conducted searches of several yards and found the four suspects hiding in side and rear yards, as well as in a shed, by about 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, according to police.
San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus said one of the suspects, 18-year-old Bud Landers of Berkeley, had a loaded semi-automatic pistol when he was arrested. Landers and a 17-year-old boy from Oakland suffered minor injuries when they were apprehended by a police dog but they have since been treated for their injuries, according to police. The other two suspects are another 17-year-old Oakland boy and a 16-year-old Hayward boy. All four have been arrested on suspicion of carjacking. Landers was also arrested on firearms-related charges.
Police said they are still looking for the Nissan Versa. They said it is described as being light silver-blue in color and has the California license plate 6VBM769. Police said they are trying to determine if the suspects are also responsible for other crimes in San Leandro or other East Bay cities. Authorities said Landers will be transferred to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is expected to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward early next week. The other three teens will be transported to the Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro. San Leandro police said anyone with information about the case should call them at (510) 577-2740.
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