San Leandro: police arrest attempted robbery suspect

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SAN LEANDRO (BCN)

An undercover officer arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted robbery in San Leandro on Tuesday, police said.

At about 8 p.m. on Tuesday the undercover officer was in the area of Bancroft and Pala avenues when he heard a woman screaming.

The officer saw a suspect, later identified as a 17-year-old Oakland boy, attempting to pull an iPhone out of the hands of a 28-year-old woman, police said.

According to police, the suspect was unable to steal the iPhone and ran south on Bancroft Avenue in the direction of Bancroft Middle School.

The undercover officer followed the suspect and took him into custody on Estudillo Avenue, police said.

After interviewing witnesses, police linked the suspect to a dark-colored sports utility vehicle that was seen in the area following the attempted robbery.

Police located a black Ford Explorer parked less than a block away on San Jose Avenue.

Another 17-year-old Oakland boy was found crouching down and hiding from police near the rear of the vehicle.

Officers began approaching the boy and he attempted to walk away. The officers were able to stop the suspect and arrested him in connection with the attempted burglary.

A search of the SUV revealed a set of brass knuckles, police said.

Both juveniles were arrested for attempted robbery and possession of the brass knuckles.

The names of the juvenile suspects are not being released, police said.

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