Four San Francisco residents were arrested Monday evening after they allegedly stole items from a business in San Mateo then led officers on a vehicle pursuit.
According to San Mateo police, Juandel Joseph, 19, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, hit-and-run, felony evading, resisting arrest, and possession of an illegal weapon.
Tatiana Lewis and Eniaya Johnson, both 19, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest. Michael Wishom, 22, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy, police said.
All four suspects were booked into San Mateo County Jail. Their booking photos were not immediately available.
On Monday at 5:20 p.m., a San Mateo police officer was checking the Bridgepointe Shopping Center at 2205 Bridgepointe Parkway due to an increase in auto burglaries and retail thefts in the area.
The officer saw a light-blue Toyota sedan driving erratically and speeding out of the shopping center’s parking lot. The officer tried to pull the Toyota over, but the driver did not yield and instead led the officer on a pursuit onto Mariners Island Boulevard, then onto westbound East Third Avenue, police said.
Around this time, someone called police to report a burglary at a business at the Bridgepointe Shopping Center in which thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was taken, police said.
As the pursuit continued, the officer saw the occupants of the Toyota throw multiple items out of the vehicle’s windows that were later determined to be stolen property, police said.
When the Toyota reached the intersection of Third Avenue and South Norfolk Street, it tried to pass between two stopped cars, but instead it crashed into them, causing minor damage. The occupants of the stopped vehicles were not injured, police said.
The four suspects in the Toyota fled on foot. Officers quickly located Joseph, who was driving the Toyota, hiding in a nearby bush. Wishom was arrested near the crash, and Lewis and Johnson were found in the parking lot of St. Timothy School at 1515 Dolan Ave., police said.
Joseph was bitten by a police K-9 and was taken to a hospital. One of the female suspects was also taken to a hospital after complaining of shortness of breath, police said.
An investigation revealed that the four suspects had stolen more than $10,000 worth of items from the business that called to report the burglary, police said.