Police identify two SF residents as suspects in newspaper van theft

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The two men alleged to have stolen a San Francisco Chronicle newspaper delivery van from the Bayview early Monday have been identified by police and booked on numerous charges, Officer Albie Esparza said in a statement Tuesday.

Andrewo Rojas, 30, and Rudolph “Rudy” Martinez, 53, both of San Francisco, were arrested in San Leandro after reportedly leading police and the California Highway Patrol on a chase that led down into the Peninsula before crossing the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, police said.

The chase began about 8:30 a.m. near Keith Street and Palou Avenue when San Francisco police tried to stop the van.

San Francisco police followed the vehicle into San Mateo County and California Highway Patrol officers took over the pursuit once the van made it onto the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge.

Later, San Leandro police spotted the van on San Leandro Boulevard near Washington Street. The van stopped and Martinez reportedly got out and was arrested.

The driver, alleged to be Rojas, continued on, first south on East 14th Street until he drove into a dead end at Chabot Terrace. That's where he allegedly fled on foot into a nearby yard.

Rojas was arrested about 11 a.m. in a creek in Lake Chabot Regional Park, according to police. He was booked into County Jail on seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of vehicle theft, felony evading and conspiracy, Esparza said.

Martinez was booked on charges of conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and a post release court supervision violation.

Rojas was charged with seven felonies and two misdemeanors today by the District Attorney’s Office, spokesman Alex Bastian said.

He faces four counts of assault on an officer, one count of the unlawful taking of a vehicle, two counts of auto theft, one count of evading arrest and misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools and driving on a suspended license.

Rojas will return to court Wednesday for arraignment at 1:30 p.m., Bastian said.

Being that Martinez was on post court release supervision, his case was referred to that program.

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