Murder suspects killed in San Leandro crash

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A car chase ended in a fatal crash on Interstate-880 early Monday. 

According to investigators, Bay Area law enforcement officers chased murder suspects until the suspects’ car crashed into a tree and burst into flames. 

The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Davis Street in San Leandro. 

Deputies managed to rescue a 14-year-old girl before the car was fully engulfed in flames. The driver and front seat passenger were unconscious and died inside the vehicle. 

Investigators said the chase started when Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies received a “Be On The Lookout” alert from the Manteca Police Department for a stolen gray Toyota Camry with murder suspects inside. 

According to MPD, the Toyota Camry was stolen from Oakland and used as a getaway car for a Manteca murder. 

Manteca police said the murder happened after 10 p.m. Sunday when a woman with a gunshot wound stumbled into a Planet Fitness gym on West Yosemite Avenue and died. 

MPD wrote, “Officers learned that the shooting occurred in front of a nearby business,” MPD wrote.

The suspects fled the scene in a Toyota Camry, and by Monday morning, the car was spotted 58 miles west on I-880 in Alameda County. 

According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, deputies chased the car, and a high-speed pursuit ensued.

“Deputies were alerted to the vehicle near A Street at Hathaway Avenue in the city of Hayward. Deputies ultimately located the vehicle as it traveled northbound on Interstate-880 near the Interstate 238 junction. Deputies attempted to make a high-risk traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver ignored the activated lights and sirens of the marked patrol vehicles. The driver exited the highway and continued to evade capture as he drove at a high rate of speed through the city of San Leandro. As the vehicle drove westbound on Davis Street, the San Leandro Police Department deployed a tire deflation device to immobilize the vehicle. The driver attempted to drive around the device, lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with a tree,” Sheriff’s Lt. Tya Modeste wrote.

Two men in the front seats were unconscious from the impact, while a young teen girl was trapped in the backseat. 

Lt. Modeste wrote, “(The girl) attempted to exit from the rear passenger compartment after the collision, but her foot was trapped. The front of the vehicle began to smoke and eventually caught fire. Deputies safely rescued the (girl) from the rear of the vehicle. The male suspects in the driver compartment were unresponsive and, despite numerous attempts to arouse the suspects, deputies were unable to extract them from the vehicle before it became completely engulfed in flames. The suspects in the driver compartment were pronounced deceased on the scene.”

Once firefighters put out the fire, the two dead bodies were removed. 

Investigators also found a firearm inside the Toyota Camry. 

The identities of the Manteca murder victim and the two men killed in the San Leandro pursuit have not been released. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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