BERKELEY — A Richmond teen was in county jail after he and two other teens were arrested as suspects in multiple robberies after leading a police pursuit last week, police said.
From 5:55 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police responded to reports of five robberies, learning that each one involved two or three suspects linked to a dark-colored Dodge Challenger with a covered-up license plate, police said Friday.
Around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, officers noticed the Dodge near San Pablo Avenue and 67th Street and tried to stop it, but saw the vehicle speed away and turn east on Ashby Avenue.Other officers tried to follow the vehicle, but lost it around Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said.
Another officer spotted the Dodge heading west on Alcatraz Avenue near King Street, and briefly pursued it. Minutes later, officers saw the suspects driving north on Shattuck Avenue in downtown, where the vehichle turned west on Durant before stopping with a flat tire.
Moments later, a driver and two other males got out and surrendered, police said.
The three were identified as Esuke Tokeson, 19, of Richmond, Demetri Cartwright, 19, of San Pablo, and a 17-year-old male San Pablo resident. All were arrested on suspicion of multiple robbery counts, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and evading police with willful disregard.
Tokeson was listed in custody Monday in Santa Rita Jail on $400,000 bail and faces arraignment Tuesday at East County Hall of Justice, according to a county records check. No information was immediately available on Cartwright or the other teenager.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.