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Two suspected teen carjackers arrested in Santa Cruz County after multiple vehicle chases


WATSONVILLE — A pair of teenagers was under arrest this week after their alleged involvement in an armed carjacking, leading police on multiple car chases in the process.

According to the Watsonville Police Department, a 17-year-old girl, whose name has not been released, lured the 19-year-old owner of a black Infiniti G35 on Monday to a parking lot on Penny Lane. There, two men armed with a knife held the man up, allegedly beating the driver and attempting to stab him before making off with the Infiniti, the department wrote in a Facebook post.

The driver, reportedly seriously injured, made his way to a nearby business to call for help. Watsonville police initiated a “Project ROPE” or Roadblock Observations Plan of Enforcement, alerting all neighboring law enforcement to the stolen vehicle. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies unsuccessfully attempted to stop the car on Highway 1 in Soquel, leading deputies on a high-speed chase into Santa Clara County, where California Highway Patrol officers took over until losing sight of the Infinity near Palo Alto.

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On Tuesday, a Monterey County Multi-Agency Detail for Combating Auto Theft detective driving through Watsonville recognized the Infiniti and alerted police. The 17-year-old girl allegedly was driving the Infinity when officers attempted to stop her on the 1400 block of Freedom Boulevard. She reportedly led police on another short chase before crashing into a parked car on Arthur Road. The teen driver, reportedly unlicensed, was arrested along with passenger Bryan Alfaro, 18, from Soledad, on suspicion of several felony charges, including carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon. The female driver also was charged with felony evading.

The identity of the third individual involved with the carjacking remained under investigation Wednesday.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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