Police find teens who fled from stolen car

Driver arrested and booked into juvenile hall; passenger cited

Two teenage boys who allegedly fled from a stolen car found in Palo Alto's Ventura neighborhood, leading to a manhunt by air and ground over the weekend, have been arrested and cited, police said Monday.

Around 12:05 p.m. Saturday, a Palo Alto police on routine patrol at Maclane and Second streets spotted the vehicle, a green 1999 Acura TL four-door sedan, which he pulled over for multiple equipment violations, police said in a press release.

The driver and front seat passenger quickly ran away from the vehicle, leading the officer to Ventura Avenue and Park Boulevard, where he lost sight of the duo, police said.

Additional officers were called to the scene to continue the search and learned the sedan was stolen on Friday in the 400 block of Arbol Drive, police said.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety canine unit also responded to assist in the manhunt.

A witness told police that one of the car's occupants ran east through Barron Creek and another witness reported seeing a suspect enter a home in the 3400 block of Ramona Street, police said.

Officers found property in the stolen car that indicated one of the two boys lived in the same Ramona Street home identified by the witness.

They found a 16-year-old inside and arrested him on suspicion of vehicle theft, resisting or delaying an officer and being an unlicensed driver, police said.

The search was called off around 1:50 p.m. The next day, a 15-year-old boy who police determined was the passenger was arrested without incident at his home in the 3900 block of El Camino Real, according to police. He is suspected of resisting and delaying an officer for fleeing from police on Saturday.

The younger boy was given a criminal citation and released to the custody of his parents, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent by text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the police's free mobile app, downloadable at or


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Posted by parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

Both perps are Palo Alto residents.

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