Pittsburg teens arrested in connection with robbery

August 3, 2010 1:19:43 PM PDT
Two Pittsburg teenagers were arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing two younger boys at gunpoint in Antioch on Sunday, police said.

The victims, 13- and 14-year-old Antioch residents, told police they were walking from the Taco Bell restaurant on Deer Valley Road at about 7:10 p.m. when they saw a group of six males following them, police said.

As the victims neared a walking trail, two of the males from the other group ran up to them and pulled out semi-automatic handguns, police said. The pair cocked their weapons and ordered the victims to hand over their property.

The victims gave up their cell phones, wallets and money. The two robbers searched the victims to make sure they had surrendered everything and then ran off down the walking trail, police said.

The victims reported the robbery, but the suspects were not found that night.

However, shortly before 9:40 a.m. Monday, one of the victims spotted one of the suspects on Deer Valley Road near Bluerock Drive and called police.

Officers found both suspects and attempted to contact them, but they ran away.

After a lengthy foot chase, the officers, with help from a 31-year-old Antioch resident, caught the suspects, who were found to be 15- and 16-year-old Pittsburg residents.

The 15-year-old was in possession of a loaded semi-automatic handgun and a mask with eyeholes cut out of it, police said.

Both boys were taken back to the Police Department and booked on suspicion of robbery.

The 15-year-old allegedly admitted to his involvement. The 16-year-old was released pending further investigation, police said.


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