On Tuesday evening, Berkeley police officers arrested two suspects for alleged carjacking and several weapons-related violations.
After a man parked his vehicle on the 1900 block of Grant Street, two suspects approached the man and allegedly demanded that he give his car keys while one of the suspects pointed a rifle at him, according to a Berkeley Police Department Nixle alert. The man then walked away from the incident, believing that the rifle was likely a toy gun.
The alert added that the suspects followed the man until they saw him walking up to a nearby residence. Officers then searched the area of Sacramento Street and Delaware Street before locating the suspects.
The two suspects then fled the area in different directions, according to the alert. One suspect ran toward the North Berkeley BART station while the other suspect fled through Ohlone Park on a scooter.
Officers were able to detain both suspects, according to the alert. The suspects were identified as two Richmond males, one 15-year-old and one 17-year-old.
While searching the 15-year-old suspect, officers allegedly found “a loaded AR-15 style rifle concealed inside his clothing,” according to the alert. While searching the route the 17-year-old suspect used to flee, they allegedly found “a loaded polymer non-serialized handgun” with a 30-round magazine.