Two children aged 12 and 13, arrested in San Leandro car wreck

Two children aged 12 and 13 were arrested over the weekend in connection with a car hijacking in San Leandro, police said.

The case started the day after Thanksgiving when the victim of the car hijacking delivered a pizza. Four suspects, one of whom was armed, “forcibly” removed him from his vehicle, took his keys and hurried away, according to the San Leandro Police Department.

Sunday at 9 a.m., a patrol officer saw several passengers inside the stolen vehicle near a Walmart a few miles away in the town south of Oakland. When residents entered the store, the patrol officer called additional officers to the scene.

Moments later, the group left the store and police arrested two youths in connection with the car hijacking. The others in the group, all young people, were released to their families, authorities said.

Lieutenant Matt Barajas of the San Leandro Police Department said Tuesday that similar cases involving youths have been on the rise.

“Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common these days,” he said. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 15 years and I’m starting to see more cases like this bump into our territory than we would like.”

In April, San Leandro police arrested four young people – an 11-year-old, a 12-year-old and two 14-year-olds – in connection with a different car wreck.

The two arrested Sunday were taken to the juvenile court, Barajas said. Due to their status as young people, he could not comment on whether they were still in custody.

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