Mar 12, 2014
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With help from a police canine, Richmond cops seized two guns and arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle who led them on a lengthy chase Tuesday night, police said.

The incident unfolded about 8:30 p.m. when officers stopped a vehicle in the 500 block of Nevin Avenue that had been stolen in Oakland, police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The driver and a passenger took off in the vehicle, Abetkov said. The chase led police to Opal Street in North Richmond, where the suspects fled the car.

An extensive search ensued with help from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Abetkov said. The driver was located a few blocks away in the 100 block of Spears Street. The passenger hasn’t been located.

The suspect was “taken into custody with canine contact,” Abetkov said. It wasn’t immediately known if he sustained any injuries.

The identity of the suspect hasn’t been released. Abetkov said he is known to Richmond gang detectives.  

Abetkov said a gun was located in the stolen vehicle, while another was found in the area where the suspects fled.

The driver was booked for evading, intent to commit a shooting and other gang-related crimes, Abetkov said.

No further details were provided.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.