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Two men arrested after high-speed chase

They are not suspects in East Palo Alto homicides

Two men taken into custody Wednesday night after leading law enforcement officials on a lengthy car chase through the East Bay are not the homicide suspects police are seeking, East Palo Alto police said.

Officers of a multi-jurisdictional task force that was formed to capture Jaime Cardenas and Fidel Silva -- two men suspected of homicides in East Palo Alto and Grand Junction, Colo. -- spotted a vehicle in Newark registered to one of the suspects at around 7:45 p.m., according to police.

The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.

As the vehicle traveled north on Interstate 880, the California Highway Patrol, as well as several local departments, including Fremont police, assisted in the pursuit, Fremont police Sgt. Kevin Moran said.

"We received a request from an outside agency to assist along northbound I-880 as it passed through Fremont," he said. The three Fremont police units transitioned out of the pursuit as it moved north, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.

More CHP units joined the pursuit as it cut through Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland, where the pursued vehicle merged onto eastbound I-980 before merging again onto eastbound I-580, Morgan said.

The suspects led authorities at freeway speeds topping out at about 70 mph, passing through the Livermore area and beyond the jurisdiction of Bay Area CHP, Morgan said.

CHP in Lathrop were waiting for the suspects and laid out a spike strip that popped one of the vehicle's tires.

The vehicle stopped on its own and the men were taken into custody without incident just after 9 p.m.

East Palo Alto police said Wednesday that the two men taken into custody are not Cardenas and Silva, who are suspected of homicides, including the killing of Catherine Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park. The driver of the vehicle will be arrested for evading police.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Where's-The-Beef?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

So ..

1) What is the relationship between the driver of this car, and the owner of the car (who is a suspect in the EPA killings).
2) Does the driver know where the suspected killer might be hiding?
3) What is the immigration status of all of these people?
4) Will the driver, and the passenger, of this car be held as "material witnesses" in the EPA killings?
5) Will the driver/passenger be allowed to post bail?
6) Will the car of the killing suspect be impounded?

Would be nice to be offered some information in these Weekly articles, once in a while.


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Posted by annoyed
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

"where's the beef"...while I am not usually a big fan of some of the reporters here, I think the questions you ask are more of a follow-up than the original article. Do you really think that the answers to most, if not all of your questions, can be answered at the time of the report? The police have an investigation to conduct and can not always give the information you seek right away.

And BTW...why do you care if the car is impounded and what the immigration status is. You make yourself sound punitive and racist.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

Of course the car will be impounded - rather, it has been already - that's standard - incl because the car owner is wanted.

I personally think immigration status is important - since they're gang members, I'm going to make a wild guess that they're members of one of the Mexican gangs (given their names), which means they might be hiding anywhere, including Mexico. Their immigration status is also relevant to what happens when they're sentenced/after they serve their time (if they're convicted).

All the other questions - those answers aren't something the media are privy to at this time. Just use your deductive reasoning abilities.


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