FREMONT — A 17-year-old boy was arrested on gun charges Friday morning after a SWAT incident in North Fremont wound up with officers chasing the suspect to a church, police said.

The teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was arrested about 10:35 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Decoto Road, just west of Paseo Padre Parkway, spokesman Detective Bill Veteran said.

The teen had been sought since the night before when an adult acquaintance of the boy told police that the teen had taken a gun from his truck after the pair got into an argument near Double O Liquors on Fremont Boulevard near Darwin Drive, Veteran said.

After learning the youth's identity, police staked out his house and later summoned the SWAT team to the Northgate neighborhood, about a quarter-mile from Warwick Elementary School. The school is still on summer break.

Police surrounded the home, and about 10:30 a.m. they went inside to search for the teen.

As SWAT members were checking rooms, officers at the command post — set up at the elementary school — saw the youth walking by, Veteran said.

"An SRO (school resource officer) recognized him," the spokesman said. "He (the boy) was apparently headed home."

When the teen saw the officers — whose vehicles were tucked out of sight — he ran south and jumped over a fence, Veteran said.


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Officers chased him to the church, where they arrested him with the use of a search dog.

Police recovered a handgun at the church. It appeared to be the same one that had been stolen the night before, Veteran said.

The same boy also was wanted in connection with a March case in which a 20-year-old man was beaten with a skateboard and brick, police said.

That case was not reported until several weeks later, when the victim's sister realized the severity of the victim's injuries, police said. The man suffered fractures to his face and had to wear a "halo" brace to stabilize his head and neck, police said.

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