Two teen boys arrested for armed carjackings of Asian men in San Francisco

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  • The San Francisco Police Department arrested two teens, aged 14 and 16, from Oakland for two different armed carjacking incidents in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at both victims.
  • The first incident happened on Mississippi Street at around 3:10 p.m., while the second incident was called in an hour later in Galewood Circle.
  • The suspects managed to get away using the second victim’s BMW. Police received a call 15 minutes later about a car driving recklessly on Interstate 80 towards Bay Bridge, and a car chase ensued. The suspects exited their vehicle following a collision, while authorities continued to pursue them on foot beforing making two arrests.
  • The juveniles were booked at San Francisco’s Juvenile Justice Center and are facing a slew of charges, including elder abuse, burglary, carjacking and attempted carjacking. The younger suspect is also facing additional charges for carrying a firearm in a public place while masked and carrying a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a felony.

A pair of Oakland teens have been arrested for two different armed carjacking incidents of two Asian men in San Francisco.

The adolescent boys, aged 14 and 16, were apprehended following a brief car and foot chase with authorities in Treasure Island, San Francisco, on Monday, March 28, according to the police report.

San Francisco Police Department officers from Bayview Police Station responded to a call about an attempted carjacking on the 1000 Block of Mississippi Street at around 3:10 p.m. A 37-year-old Asian man said four men tried to take his vehicle, and one of them pointed a gun at him.

Fearing for his life, the victim immediately ran away, taking his car keys with him. Authorities canvassed the area for evidence and reported no injuries during the incident.

SFPD officers from Park Police Station received a call an hour later about another carjacking incident, this time on the 100 Block of Galewood Circle. Speaking to the police, the 76-year-old victim said he was cleaning his car in his garage when four men approached him.

One of the suspects allegedly dragged the victim out of his garage and pushed him to the ground before “proceed[ing] to assault him,” according to police. The attackers purportedly took the man’s keys from his pockets and drove away in his BMW.

While officers investigated the Galewood Circle incident, dispatch began broadcasting an incident of a BMW that matched the victim’s description driving recklessly on Interstate 80 towards the Bay Bridge. Tenderloin Station officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the car fled. A car chase ensued across the Bay Bridge and into Treasure Island.

The suspects reportedly exited their vehicle following a collision and fled on foot but were eventually arrested. According to the police, one of the suspects apparently attempted to discard a firearm during the chase.

The two suspects were booked at Juvenile Justice Center for elder abuse, burglary, carjacking, attempted carjacking, felony hit and run, felony evasion, kidnapping, conspiracy, possession of stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. The 14-year-old is also facing additional charges for Carrying a Firearm in a Public Place while masked and Carrying a Loaded Firearm with the Intent to Commit a Felony.

Those with information about the incidents are advised to call the SFPD Tip line at 415-575-444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.

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