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Teen carjacking suspects caught

POSTED June 27, 2009 4:45 p.m.
The teenagers wanted for the carjacking and brutal beating of a 60-year-old woman were captured in Fresno, days apart from one another.
The 16-year-old teenager that had been on the run since Tuesday, was captured early Friday morning, according to the Turlock Police Department. The second suspect, a 17-year-old boy, was apprehended Wednesday in Fresno.
Fresno probation authorities were given a tip by the 16-year-old’s family members as to his location and he was taken into custody without incident shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, said Turlock Police Sgt. Nino Amifar.
The 17-year-old suspect was picked up around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Fresno, Amifar said. The victim’s vehicle also was recovered Wednesday in Fresno.
Both of the suspects are from Fresno County and law enforcement had previously checked their residences.
Both teenagers are being charged with carjacking, false imprisonment, and battery causing serious bodily injury. They are being brought back to Stanislaus County to face prosecution.
According to the police department, two teen boys attacked the 60-year-old foster care worker late Monday night while she was working at the Excell Center at 1145 Tuolumne Rd. The suspects bound the woman and beat her, while demanding the keys to the facility’s van. When the keys could not be located, they took her Chevy Malibu instead, Turlock Police Sgt. Nino Amifar said.
The victim was able to contact a neighbor after the boys left. She was treated at a local hospital for bruises, abrasions, and a broken rib.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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