Reporting Sean Bennett
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Two suspects were detained during a SWAT search of a south Sacramento neighborhood after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Arturo Martinez and Moises Malava were detained in the 3500 block of 24th Avenue, according to the Sacramento Police Department, about three hours after the incident began.
“It’s very alarming, especially because there are a lot of kids in this neighborhood, and I’m one that has no problem if I see a weapon and calling the cops out here,” neighbor Dawn Forbes said.
Earlier, two people were seen breaking into a car at the Terracina Apartments in the 9200 block of Franklin Boulevard at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, said Elk Grove Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Trim.
One of the suspects was standing watch while the other went inside and took a backpack containing 50 rounds of ammunition. The two got into a car and drove off. There were initial reports that a gun was also stolen from inside the vehicle, but the gun was actually locked up in a safe belonging to the car’s owner, according to Trim.
At 7:15 a.m., an Elk Grove police officer spotted the suspects and pursued their vehicle. CHP and Sacramento police officers joined in the pursuit. The chase ended at 35th Street and 26th Avenue near the pedestrian bridge over Highway 99. The suspects got out of the car and took off running.
Police found a backpack inside the vehicle containing the ammunition.
A perimeter was established in the area where the suspects were believed to be hiding. Multiple SWAT vehicles arrived in the area just after 9 a.m. A CHP helicopter was circling the area.
Investigators say they eventually found their suspects hiding out in a house they broke into more than three hours into the manhunt.
“We had an idea of where the general area of where they might have been due to some evidence, some footprints and what not, and we followed up on all the leads in the area going door to door,” Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said.
The suspects surrendered peacefully. Their names have not been released.