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Two suspects injured in I-580 crash yesterday after chase from Stoneridge Mall

Minor injuries sustained, auto burglary charges pending

Two auto burglary suspects sustained minor injuries after a car chase that led from the Stoneridge Shopping Center onto I-580 yesterday afternoon.

The chase led to speeds hitting 100 mph before the suspects' car crashed into the center median near Castro Valley.

Rafael Gamez, 22, of Oakland and Jose Ramos, 22, of Hayward were injured when the car Gamez was driving flipped into its roof, ending the chase. The two were taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with non life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

Traffic on westbound I-580 and BART service were stopped for about five minutes while the two were taken into custody, although there reports of backed up traffic with two lanes blocked by Pleasanton police.

The incident began at about 1:50 p.m. Monday when police officers looking into an auto burglary at the mall parking lot heard from a witness who described a vehicle and two occupants possibly involved. Within 10 minutes, a second officer located the vehicle, a 1987 light green Buick LeSabre, occupied by two Hispanic males, in the west mall parking lot.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle and ordered the driver to turn off his ignition. The driver refused and fled the mall onto northbound Foothill Road; the officer gave chase and was joined by a second officer as the men headed westbound on I-580.

The pursuit continued through moderate traffic and at one point reached speeds of 100 mph. The California Highway Patrol was called to join the pursuit, but the chase ended with a crash when the suspects' car hit the center concrete barrier just east of the Castro Valley Boulevard exit, flipped and came to rest on its roof.

Gamez will be booked for possession of burglary tools and evading a police officer, as well as a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.

Ramos will be charged with possession of burglary tools, and the Police Department is working to identify property located in the suspects' vehicle that may have been stolen in previous burglaries, as well as investigating their involvement in today's auto burglary.

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Posted by Tennessee Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Dec 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

That's what I like...a happy ending!


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Posted by Mal
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Nice-- an early Xmas gift for us! Wonder if those losers came in on Bart?


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Posted by A. H.
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I witnessed this, as the suspects' car came up on my rear in the fast lane, flew all the way to the right lane passing cars, swerving all the way back to the left shoulder before hitting the center divide and flipping over. It was traumatic to witness. The fact that none of the rest of us on the freeway travelling at 65 or more got hit is pretty remarkable. Thanks to drivers paying attention.


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Posted by Moosefit
a resident of Dublin
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

We saw the chase... a teal green car passed us on the medium next to barrier, then crossed over to the far right lane a few seconds later Pleasanton police was in pursuit. A few minutes later traffic was stopped, left 2 lanes were closed and 3 police cruisers were around vehicle with weapons drawn. Car was on it's roof, and the suspects were laying face-down near the vehicle. Glad no body else was involved or got hurt during the crash, they were going pretty fast. I feel sorry for the owner of the car, it was totally destroyed and a nice car from what I saw of it. My daughter took a video of the crash.


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Posted by 'K
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

'Cause chasing down stolen cars at high speeds is worth risk of killing innocent people.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

It sounds like auto burglary, not auto theft. So the green 1987 Buick of the suspects was not stolen, at least not at the mall. So they only destroyed their own nice car. Probably also increased their insurance premium while they were at it.


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Posted by donaldroach
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Dec 19, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2011 at 2:11 am

Good job catching them.

With that said, if this chase was only for property crimes I question why it was continued at such high speeds. If there was some sort of violence against a person, other the speeding and reckless driving, then I'm all for it. I don't see that in the news report though.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Parkside
on Dec 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

"Gamez will be booked for possession of burglary tools and evading a police officer, as well as a felony warrant for possession of stolen property and vehicle theft."
Vehicle theft is not just a 'property crime', as you eluded to. Glad the dirtbags were captured and hope they'll be doing hard time soon, or will be promptly deported.

It's good that these stories receive some press to serve as a deterrent for those opportunistic scum that happen to travel here to inflict pain on our neighbors during Christmas.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Dec 20, 2011 at 8:24 am

Pro-Law said: "With that said, if this chase was only for property crimes I question why it was continued at such high speeds. If there was some sort of violence against a person, other the speeding and reckless driving, then I'm all for it. I don't see that in the news report though."

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, yes, the original crime that they were being chased for was apparently a property crime, not a violent crime. On the other hand, these two criminals obviously didn't hesitate to put innocent people at risk with their speeding and reckless driving in this incident. If they had escaped, I think that ot's pretty safe to conclude that they would have continued to commit auto burglary and other such crimes even under circumstances which put innocent lives at risk. How would it have looked if they had escaped this time but then two weeks from now they ran over and killed some innocent pedestrians while escaping from yet another auto burglary?


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 20, 2011 at 9:00 am

I feel sorry for the police! Based on your notes they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. You need to make up your minds people. You can't have it both ways......should they chase after and catch the the bad guys or let them run free. Next time they get bolder and use a gun for a carjacking. If their lucky maybe they will get to kill someone in their next crime spree. Would that make you all feel better if the police got them that time?


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Posted by yay PPD
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:14 am

Congrats PPD on nabbing these thugs and helping to keep out city safe.


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Posted by Miggitymike
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

They chased them right passed us going well over a 100mph driving in and out of traffic across all lanes in one move back and forth. The cops did an awesome job keeping up and waiting for them to lose control...lucky no one else was involved. Glad they caught them!!


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Posted by Shannon
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

I agree with the PPD and the job they did. I am glad they caught them. I witnessed a theft at Nordstrom at the end of the night. Those kids got away with it. They calmly stacked clothes by the stairs and walked away until ready. Then right at closing they grabbed the stack and ran out to a waiting car with the driver ready. They tossed the clothes in and slammed the doors and took up with hundreds of dollars of merchandise. No cop or security in site so these peeps got away with it laughing all they way to the freeway. I tried to take a picture but it was too dark.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Is it really worth the chase? Police continue this dangerous activity without any regard to the innocent people who could be hurt or killed. Stop the madness. They'll get caught eventually.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Well done to all officers involved


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Posted by urmomz
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Dec 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

"Is it really worth the chase? Police continue this dangerous activity without any regard to the innocent people who could be hurt or killed. Stop the madness. They'll get caught eventually."

How are they going to get caught eventually if they always runs and no one tries to stop them?


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Posted by Vanessa
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I can't believe the folks accusing the police of reckless behavior when the thieves portrayed even worse behavior. If it were me, hell yes I want the police getting after the bad guys and making sure they were caught. People work hard to spend their money and then these jerks come around and take what isn't their's. All of these fools need to be tossed in the slammer. Bravo to the police for a job well done!


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Dec 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Thanks to these morons my commute to the football game was horrific. I hope they lock them up and throw away the key.


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Posted by Kellie
a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on Dec 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Good for the police! Always hate to see a high speed chase endangering innocent bystanders, but I like seeing the crooks apprehended. I am also hesitant to second guess the police when I'm not there. They are making split second decisions trying to balance protecting all of our interests.


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Posted by Rob
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

16 in favor of chasing the bad guys.
3 in favor of letting them go.

Democracy rules.

Bad news for all you bad guys out there!


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Posted by Peter Malloy
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Good for the PPD!! Heroic work by all the men and women involved catching those two thugs that chose to risk the safety of innocent citizens and the police officer that arrested them.


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Posted by Greg
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 24, 2011 at 5:07 am

Great job PPD! They may have caught these guys on one auto burglary but I bet these guys had committed dozens prior to this. It's a cost of business. We can't let criminals get away. That means we have to chase them and the repercussions would be the fault of the crooks, not the cops. That being said, I hope the cops use common sense. We trust these guys (and girls) to do their jobs well and this may just be an example of them doing that....No innocent people were hurt DESPITE the obviously precarious situation. Think about it...do you think that cop benefitted at all from putting himself in a dangerous situation? No...he did it to catch the guy that was going to break into YOUR car next week!


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