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3 Salinas Resident Allegedly Led Police On Foot Chase; Escalates Into Vehicle Chase In Gilroy

Three Salinas residents who allegedly led police on foot and vehicle chases in Gilroy on Thursday were arrested, a police sergeant said today. Robert Earland, 19, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest, police Sgt. Royce Heath said. Alexander Boyd, 20, was arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle and attempting to evade arrest by fleeing a vehicle, Heath said. On Thursday around 4 p.m., an officer patrolling in the 1600 block of Welburn Avenue saw two males looking over a fence into a home’s side yard, Heath said. The officer noticed the males wore latex gloves and attempted to talk to them, but the pair ran away, Heath said. The gloves suggested the males were planning on burglarizing a home or committing another crime and wanted to conceal their fingerprints, according to Heath. The officer went to his patrol car and chased after the pair, but lost sight of them at the rear of Pacific Point Christian Schools’ elementary campus on Calle Del Rey, Heath said.

A short time after, the officer saw a vehicle leave the campus parking lot driven by a person, later identified as 20-year-old Alexander Boyd, according to Heath. The officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on the vehicle, but Boyd allegedly did not stop for the officers and fled at high speeds, Heath said. The officer pursued the suspect roughly a mile west to Columbine Court, where Boyd allegedly left the car and ran up a hill, according to Heath. Additional officers were called to the scene and set up a perimeter around the area, the sergeant said. The vehicle Boyd drove was stolen from Salinas, Heath said. During the vehicle pursuit, police dispatch received a report of a residential burglary in the area of Welburn Avenue and Mantelli Drive, where witnesses saw two suspects run north to Calle Del Rey, according to Heath. Officers responded to the area where they saw two males matching witness descriptions and tried to detain them, but the pair fled on foot and jumped fences, Heath said. Another perimeter was established in the area of Briarberry Lane and Longmeadow Drive, the sergeant said.

Soon after, a detective in plain clothes driving an unmarked car saw one of the males in the area and chased him to Del Oro Way, where the suspect jumped a fence into a yard and was out of sight, Heath said. A third perimeter was set up in the area and officers requested assistance from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and Morgan Hill police, which included three K9 units, according to Heath. Earland was found hiding inside a home on Del Oro Way that he allegedly broke into, the sergeant said. A 17-year-old boy was found and arrested on Mockingbird Drive near the second perimeter and arrested, Heath said. Earland and the boy were taken to Gilroy Police Department’s jail facility to be processed, the sergeant said. At the first perimeter, a K9 unit helped search for Boyd in a heavily wooded area in the foothills near Tea Tree Way and tracked a scent to the Day Road area in the northern part of the city, Heath said. Boyd was found at a dead-end in the Rancho Hills area and arrested, Heath said. Boyd and Earland were booked into county jail and the 17-year-old was booked into juvenile hall.

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