North Beach carjacking suspects arrested in Vallejo

Vallejo police said two Norteno gang members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing recent multiple robberies and carjackings in San Francisco.

Steven T. Aranda Jr. and Jason David Castillo, both 19-year-old Vallejo residents, were arrested for the crimes that occurred near the area of Broadway and Columbus Street, Lt. Rick Nichelman said.

The FBI and the Solano County Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force made the arrests, Nichelman said. The men were stopped in a vehicle in the 1800 block of Tuolumne Street, Nichelman said.

Both suspects had a $2.6 million warrant for their arrest for carjacking, armed robbery, assault with a firearm and participation in a criminal street gang, Nichelman said.

Vallejo representatives of the gang task force worked with members of the San Francisco Police Department's Gang Task Force to develop information on the suspects and arrest locate them in Vallejo.

Nichelman said the crimes in San Francisco are still under investigation but the arrests remove two violent gang members from Vallejo's streets. Castillo and Aranda Jr. were booked into the Solano County jail.

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