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California police charge 4 teens for armed carjacking

Four teenagers were taken into custody in East Oakland on Dec. 18 after allegedly leading police on a high-speed vehicle chase. Three of the accused teenagers are minors, and one is an 18-year-old adult. According to reports, all four are accused of helping to steal a man's Toyota Camry at gunpoint. Each of the teens received a criminal charge for armed carjacking, and the 18-year-old was handed additional weapons charges.

The incident in question began around 7:45 p.m. when police say the four teenagers arrived at Bristol Boulevard in a Nissan Versa. Two of the teens then got out of the vehicle and committed the alleged armed carjacking. The San Leandro Police Tactical Operations Team then began pursuing both the Toyota and the Nissan until speeds reached 100 mph, but the chase was called off because police were unable to catch up to it.

Just before 8:30 p.m., police spotted the Toyota in East Oakland before noticing the four teenagers leave a residence and drive away in it. Police followed the vehicle until they saw the accused teens stop and attempt to flee on foot. A perimeter was set up, and the teens were eventually detained. The 18-year-old accused man was allegedly found in possession of a semi-automatic pistol.

A teenager who has been caught up in this kind of incident might want to seek help from an attorney as soon as possible. During the early stages of the case, an attorney may be able to advocate on the teen's behalf to ensure that the teen receives juvenile charges. An attorney may also be able to help the teen to work out a plea deal that will allow them to achieve a reduction in their charges.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Leandro police arrest four carjacking suspects in East Oakland after vehicle chase", Harry Harris, December 19, 2014

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