OAKLAND -- Five carjacking and armed robbery suspects were arrested Tuesday afternoon in East Oakland, one of them being chased down on foot by interim Chief of Police Sean Whent and other officers, authorities said.

The suspect arrested after the foot pursuit dropped a gun and some of the stolen property taken in one of the robberies during the chase, police said.

The chain of events started about 12:41 p.m. Tuesday when Officer Melissa Baddie spotted a Toyota SUV taken in a recent San Francisco carjacking pulling into an apartment driveway in the 1600 block of 35th Avenue. The vehicle had been used in several Oakland street and business robberies over the last few days, including at least two earlier Tuesday and extra police were in the area looking for them.

Whent and police PIO Officer Johnna Watson were driving back from the Fruitvale district where the chief had been walking and talking with merchants and residents when they heard the radio call and went to cover.

When they pulled up, three suspects had already fled the car on foot and Baddie was holding a woman occupant at gunpoint. A man suddenly jumped out of the parked vehicle and began running with Whent and other officers, who had responded, chasing him on foot.

The suspect ran across the street and alongside a house. He was arrested after he was tased by one of the officers after he ran back onto the street and refused repeated orders to stop, police said. As officers retraced his route they found a loaded pistol and a cellphone believed taken in one of the earlier robberies, police said.


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The three other suspects -- two men and a woman -- were arrested after trying to hide inside a house not far from where they ran from the car after witnesses told police where they were.

The five were being questioned by investigators Friday evening and were going to be arrested on multiple counts of carjacking and armed robbery, authorities said. Their names were not released because they had not been booked into jail.