Two minors arrested after pursuit of carjacked vehicle in Hercules

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Two 16-year-olds traveling in a vehicle that was carjacked in Oakland were arrested Tuesday afternoon after leading law enforcement agencies in a pursuit that entered Hercules.

At about 1 p.m., Hercules police heard that CHP was in pursuit of the vehicle on westbound Highway 4, approaching Hercules, then heard that CHP had lost sight of the vehicle.

Hercules officers positioned themselves to intercept the vehicle if it came into town, which it did a few minutes later. Following a short pursuit westbound on SR-4 onto John Muir Parkway, police lost sight of the vehicle as it passed San Pablo Avenue due to excessive speed. With help from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, CHP ground and air units and Pinole dispatch, a periminter was set up and a coordinated effort was launched to locate the two suspects.

“After a short search and with the help of alert residents on John Muir Parkway we were able to locate both suspects as they tried to flee on foot,” police said.

No one was injured during the incident. The juveniles, a 16-year-old boy from Oakland and a 16-year-old girl from Cupertino, were taken into custody. The vehicle they’d been traveling in had been stolen at gunpoint in Oakland on Sunday, Feb. 13, police said.