SAN LEANDRO -- Two men suspected of driving stolen vehicles were arrested after traffic stops by police 19 hours apart Tuesday, including one who led officers on a car and foot chase before he was apprehended.
San Leandro police said 20-year-old Michael Simmons, of Oakland, fled officers after they tried to pull him over around 11:15 p.m. in the 300 block of East 14th Street.
Simmons hit two parked vehicles on Harlan Street before abandoning the car, police said. Officers found him hiding in a backyard, and later determined that the vehicle he was driving was stolen from Oakland earlier Tuesday. police said.
Simmons was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, hit-and-run, possession of stolen property and evasion and was being held in lieu of $130,000 at the Santa Rita Jail.
About 19 hours earlier, San Leandro police arrested 41-year-old Fernando Barron, also of Oakland, without incident after being alerted by a license plate reader.
Officers patrolling the area of Martinez Street and West Estudillo Avenue were alerted by the plate reader about 4:15 p.m. to a car that had been reported stolen out of Richmond on Friday, police said. Barron was in the car when officers located it, police said, and he was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at Santa Rita.
Those two arrests came four days after police nabbed 25-year-old Josephina Barajas, of San Lorenzo on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle. A resident reported a suspicious person in the area of Millstream Drive and Inlet Court around 6:20 a.m. on Friday, and when officers made contact with the person, she was in a car that records revealed was stolen out of Oakland earlier Friday morning, police said.
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