Crime

Four teens jailed after string of Fresno carjackings

Four teenagers were arrested after a string of carjackings Friday night in Fresno, police said.

According to police, four people carjacked a van at the Shell station at Highway 99 and Shaw Avenue about 8:20 p.m. About an hour later, armed robbers demanded another victim give up his van at 920 W. Griffith Way. This time five people drove off in the van. But the victim activated a kill switch before being forced from his vehicle.

Less than an hour later, the suspects were at Martin Luther King Boulevard and California Avenue with the van, which wouldn't start again due to the kill switch after they had turned it off. They then carjacked a third victim, this time someone driving a Ford Mustang.

Patrol officers from northwest Fresno heard the radio broadcast of the Mustang carjacking and anticipated that they would head north on Highway 99. Officers waited at McKinley Avenue, and within 10 minutes saw the Mustang get off at McKinley. Officers, with the help of the CHP, chased the suspects to Shaw and Grantland avenues, where they crashed the stolen car.

The suspects bailed from the car and ran into the neighborhood, where police, CHP officers and Fresno County sheriff's deputies cordoned off the area and searched.

Four suspects were taken into custody. Two of the suspects were bitten by Fresno police K9s and were treated at a hospital. Three of the suspects were 17, and one was 16. Their names were withheld because they are juveniles.

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