A 16-year-old boy arrested Saturday after an armed carjacking and a high-speed chase is believed to have also committed a strong-armed robbery in downtown Palo Alto the night before, police said Monday.
Late Saturday night, a Palo Alto patrol officer spotted a speeding vehicle that had been reported stolen at gunpoint the night before in East Palo Alto. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver led officers on a high-speed chase north on East Bayshore Road.
Police said the vehicle stopped on Clarke Avenue in East Palo Alto, just east of East Bayshore Road, and five people who were in the vehicle got out and fled on foot.
A police dog apprehended the driver — who matched the description of an alleged carjacker from the night before — on a nearby pedestrian bridge about 12:05 a.m. Sunday. The individual was transported to a local hospital for treatment of bite wounds to his left arm.
The four other occupants fled east and eluded capture.
An officer at the arrest scene recognized the person arrested as closely matching the description of a person wanted in a strong-armed robbery at about 10:18 p.m. Friday in downtown Palo Alto in the 600 block of High Street. In that incident, a woman in her 40s reported that she was about to unlock the front door of her residence when an unknown man approached her from behind and ripped a small purse out of her hands and fled on foot.
An ensuing investigation found that a credit card that belonged to the woman was used at a gas station in East Palo Alto shortly after the reported robbery. Police said surveillance footage from the station showed the same person from Saturday's arrest using the credit card.
Police arrested the 16-year-old from East Palo Alto on suspicion of committing multiple felonies, including robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest, and they transported him to Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall.
Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to [email protected] 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 bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.