Three teens arrested in Peninsula crime spree

Teenagers are accused of shooting a gas station clerk for not opening the cash register fast enough and stabbing a cabbie through the hand for resisting a carjacking during a reign of terror on the Peninsula Aug. 20.

Three suspected Norteno gangbangers were set to face a judge Tuesday for allegedly carrying out a series of brazen robberies in Pacifica, South San Francisco and Colma on a wild night of criminal madness, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

In all, four crooks were involved, authorities said.

Around 8:20 p.m., the suspects allegedly pulled into a Shell Gas Station on Hickey Boulevard in Pacifica in a stolen Toyota Camry. Three robbed the store, with one suspect shooting the clerk four times in the legs because he was “slow opening the cash register,” prosecutors said.

Two hours later, the teens allegedly robbed a 7-Eleven on Callan Boulevard in South San Francisco, police said. After that, they decided to ditch the stolen Toyota Camry and try carjacking a taxicab, cops said.

Cops say the teens stabbed the cabbie through the hand for resisting. They eventually abandoned the idea of stealing the cab and returned to the Toyota, police said.

It was the wrong move for a getaway. Cops in Daly City spotted the stolen car and tried to pull it over, cops said. The suspects allegedly ditched the car and fled on foot, with the gun-toting suspect ditching the weapon about 60-feet from the stolen vehicle, police said.

One suspect was found in a nearby backyard, cops said. Two more were found two days later, they said.

The accused shooter, Ronald John Resendez, 17, remains in custody on $3 million bail, prosecutors said. The other two suspects, Robert John Herrera, 17, and Daniel-Alejandro Bustos Mendez are in custody on $1 million bail, they said.

A preliminary hearing for the three teens was set for Tuesday afternoon in a Redwood City courtroom, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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