High-speed car chase leads down Highway 1

When Daly City police received a call of an armed robbery near Serramonte Shopping Center recently, they did not anticipate that the two suspects, armed with a rifle, would lead four local police departments on a high-speed chase to Half Moon Bay.

Jamie Lee Terrell, 19, of Oakland, and Lawrence Luis Cordoba, 18, of San Francisco, robbed three residents of an apartment complex Sunday morning on the 500 block of Clarinada Street in Daly City, police said.

At 6:10 a.m., the suspects, armed with a scope-equipped rifle, confronted a 30-year-old cab driver living in the building and demanded money. They then escorted him into his apartment and took his wallet.

When the victim’s neighbors — a father and his 21-year-old son — opened the door to see what was going on, the suspects forced their way into their apartment and stole an Xbox, two purses and other property.

The suspects fled south on Highway 1 in a rented black 2008 Saturn before Daly City police could respond, Daly City police Lt. Jay Morena said.

But Pacifica police spotted the vehicle and gave chase south on Highway 1 over Devil’s Slide. San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies and Half Moon Bay police soon joined the chase, which finally ended near Terrace Avenue in Half Moon Bay when the suspects blew a tire, Morena said.

Both suspects tried to flee on foot, but Cordoba was apprehended almost immediately. Terrell approached a private house and reportedly asked its owners — a couple in their 60s — for refuge.

Terrell and Cordoba were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery with a firearm, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of stolen property and evading a pursuing police vehicle. They were booked in county jail — Terrell with a $150,000 bail and Cordoba with $100,000 bail.

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