A daytime carjacking in Oakland on Friday led to the arrest of a boy who is not even old enough to drive.
The arrest of the 13-year-old is just the latest in a series of crimes in the area.
Oakland police said they received several 911 calls around 10:40 a.m. of a carjacking in the 900 block of Alice in downtown Oakland.
Racing down Adeline Street away from authorities, the car was stopped by police who used a pit maneuver, bumping the vehicle with the pursuing police car. The stolen Honda crashed through the front steps at Aserene Smith’s home.
“And I heard this ‘Boom! Boom!'” said Smith.
People working at a small food packaging plant across the street also heard the commotion.
“All of a sudden I heard a screech and it sounded like a big crash or pile up had happened,” remembered Tina Yonas.
She added that as she looked out the window, she “saw 15 guns pointed at the car and I did not know what to think. Cause yeah, just completely mind-blowing. Extremely scary, did not know what to do.”
A worker at the plant shared a photo with KTVU that shows police with guns drawn, telling the 13-year-old suspect to come out of the wrecked car.
“He wasn’t raised right, that’s all there is to it. I was 13. I was thinking about trying to get to high school,” said Tom Smith, whose mother’s home was damaged by the stolen car.
Some police sources told KTVU they previously knew the teenage suspect.
The carjacking happened at 9th and Alice Streets, to a 78 year old man. KTVU asked the victim’s friend, Peter Lee about the incident.
“In the end, was the victim hurt? No, said Smith. No. I think he’s shaken a little bit, but I think he’s fine.”
Just three blocks away at Sixth and Alice there was another carjacking Thursday morning. Residents who didn’t want to go on camera said earlier in the week, there was also a street robbery of a female resident on Sixth.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in carjackings in downtown Oakland,” said Oakland Police Officer Johnna Watson. “We believe some of those have been related to robberies. Right now, we are looking to see if this individual – who is 13-years-old – is responsible for or connected with any other robberies or carjackings.”
Now investigators are trying to see if the previous crimes are connected to Friday morning’s case.
“Again, this is the holiday season,” said Watson. “And typically and historically, we see an increase in robberies this time of year.”
Police are warning residents to be aware of your surroundings whether you are in a car or on foot.