A 16-year-old San Mateo boy allegedly pistol-whipped and pepper-sprayed a young man, stole his car, then led police on a chase. San Mateo police said he crashed the car, fled, and hid on a rooftop before officers in a police helicopter spotted him.
Police had responded around 9 p.m. Friday to the 200 block of North San Mateo Drive to a report of a carjacking, police said.
“Officers quickly arrived and located a victim, who had been pistol whipped and pepper sprayed before being forcefully removed him his vehicle,” police said.
According to police, the victim, 18, was confused after the attack, and officers determined the alleged carjacking happened about three blocks away near 7 East Santa Inez Avenue.
“As officers saturated the area, they noticed the victim’s vehicle traveling on El Camino Real,” police said. Officers began a vehicle chase, with the suspect failing to stop, then losing control while making a turn. The car hit a curb and rolled several times, striking two parked vehicles, according to police. The suspect took off on foot, and officers from the San Mateo department and other agencies set up a perimeter and launched a search, according to police.
Officers in a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted someone lying on the roof of a single-family home and police on the ground moved in and arrested the suspect, said San Mateo Police Sgt. Michael Haobsh. The suspect had bumps and bruises and was taken to the hospital where he was medically cleared for booking into Hillcrest Juvenile Hall in San Mateo, Haobsh said.
The teen faces charges of possessing a stolen vehicle, resisting and recklessly evading police, and hit-and-run, police said. No pistol was found, but remnants of a replica handgun were found at the crash scene, and forensic investigators were working to determine whether the replica was used in the alleged pistol-whipping, Haobsh said. Although the city runs an intervention and mentoring program intended to divert young people away from crime, the boy’s alleged offenses are too serious too make him a candidate, Haobsh said.
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Author: Ethan Baron