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Guaynabo municipal police arrested four teenagers for a carjacking that began with a chase and ended in a shootout with police. Another teen fled the scene.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 21, 2014
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico - On Tuesday, El Nuevo Dia dot com reported that a 17-year-old boy and three 18-year-old teenagers were taken into custody around 3:00 a.m. in connection with a carjacking chase and shootout according to Guaynabo municipal police. The adult suspects were identified as Kevin Rivera Ruiz, Elvin Manuel Otero Tarsio and Sebastián Ángel Saldańa. Ruiz was reported injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
During the car chase along highway Martínez Nadal, one of the teens even got out of the Tucson SUV and shot at approaching police. The suspect then got back into the SUV and the chase ended on PR-165 in the municipality of Catańo, where two of the suspects were arrested. The other two suspects were arrested along Martínez Nadal.
Sergeant Albert González said that the carjacking was reported at the Food Palace located at the intersection of PR-837 and PR-169. The suspects carjacked a Hyundai Tucson 2012, apparently the suspect were driving a Mitsubishi Montero, according to Officer González.
Several police officers were also injured. One was injured in his hand and the others suffered minor injuries in the shootout. At least 37 spent cartridges were found by police near the shootout. Police recovered a shotgun, rifle (AK-47) and a handgun.
A fifth suspect fled from the scene and is being sought by police.
The FBI has taken over the carjacking case and the teenagers are expected to be charged in federal court.