UPDATE: High-Speed Chase through Novato and San Rafael

CHP pick up the chase from Sonoma to the Richmond Bridge.

UPDATE: Police have identified the three armed robbery suspects who led officers from multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties early this morning.

Santa Rosa residents Jose Campos, 22, and Javier Campos, 20, were arrested around 2 a.m. on suspicion of armed robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and conspiracy this morning along with Chris Silva, 24, of Visalia, according to a Sonoma County Sheriff's report.

The high-speed chase through Marin started when Sonoma deputies received a report of a home invasion robbery in Petaluma in which three men carrying handguns tied up the victims and robbed them at gunpoint, stealing roughly 8 pounds of marijuana, about $2,500 in cash and a cell phone, police said.

When the car with the three people in it failed to yield at a traffic stop at Pepper and Stony Point Roads in Petaluma, officers followed them onto southbound 101.

According to officers, the suspects promptly threw two handguns out of the SUV's windows, causing the deputy in pursuit to run over one of the weapons, puncturing a tire. Another deputy continued the chase with help from Petaluma police until the vehicle crossed into Marin County, when area CHP officers took over the pursuit, following the suspects at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.


A suspect vehicle fleeing Sonoma County after 1 a.m. this morning led officers on a high-speed chase through San Rafael before being arrested, as their car burst into flames, in Richmond.

According to CHP officers, around 1:38 a.m. Sonoma County Sheriff's Department advised that they were in pursuit of a black Mercury Mountaineer that was suspected in being involved in an armed home invasion robbery in unincorporated Sonoma County near Petaluma. The Sonoma officers were pursuing the car as it entered southbound 101 at the East Washington exit in Petaluma and a CHP helicopter picked up the chase on 101.

Sonoma County Sheriff's officer requested that Marin CHP pick up the chase as the suspect car entered Marin and at 1:49 a.m. Marin CHP took over as the primary pursuit agents near the Marinwood ramp on southbound 101, according to CHP officials.

The chase ranged from 80 to 100 mph in light traffic conditions, said officers, and at on-ramp from Second Street in San Rafael a spike strip was deployed onto 101 - causing the suspect's front right tire to deflate.

The car exited at Anderson Drive and briefly drove the wrong way on westbound Anderson before entering the eastbound side. The suspect car failed to stop for traffic lights and drove down Anderson Drive at 60 mph. There were no accidents from other cars in the area reported.

According to the CHP, the suspect car entered I-580 and the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge, where it eventually lost its front right tire causing the wheel to spark. Near the toll plaza on the bridge, the remaining portions of the wheel detached and the suspect car proceeded to drive on the right front rotor and a partial wheel rim at 70 mph.

In Richmond, the suspect car took the Canal Boulevard off-ramp. With no front wheel, the car was unable to drive more than 30 mph and sparking heavily, said CHP officers.

The car came to a stop at Buena Vista Avenue and Montana Street at Pt. Richmond and immediately burst into flames, said officers.

Three suspects were taken into custody. The Sonoma County Sheriff Department will handle the investigation.

-- Bay City News contributed to this article.

Conservative Christian October 24, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana. If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards. You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition. And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America! Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html
Novatan October 24, 2011 at 04:49 PM
"When the car with the three people in it failed to yield at a traffic stop at Pepper and Stony Point Roads in Petaluma, officers followed them onto southbound 101." It's always a traffic violation that ends up blowing it for these criminals! Next time you rob someone, obey the traffic laws, idiots!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 24, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Just because these three suspects have Hispanic surnames, it would be racist to assume that they are illegal aliens. But the Judy Arnold crowd at the Civic Center have removed the "ICE hold" information from the sheriff's custody log, because they do not want us to know how much illegal alien crime there is in Novato. Government officials who hide vital information from the public have forgotten that representative government derives its power from the people. Representative government does not have any inherent power over law abiding people and their thirst for knowledge. www.ElectJerome.com; and www.smartvoter.org/ I am the only candidate with a printed Platform, all the others promise a "better Novato", but refuse to disclose how.
Lou Judson October 25, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Jerry, your campaign screed is completely inappropriate for this comments thread, Automatic NO vote from me! Illegal or not, they were stupid to race down the freeway like that, and the law was wrong to chase them, endangering who knows how many lives? If they had a chopper to follow them, they could have set up a roadblock ahead of them, and maybe if not chased they would have driven safely? So many idiots in this world. Legalized pot would have kept this out of being a crime, as they victims would not have hoarded many pounds and it wouldn't have been worth stealing.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 26, 2011 at 09:30 PM
I have been accused of being a "racist", in this column, I wrote a Letter to the Editor of Novato Patch clarifying my position on race, and the editor declined to print it. The editor wrote: "We'd like our site to be the forum for civil discussion and productive changes of ideas." Out of respect for the First Amendment rights of Freedom of Press, I am not going to try to sneak that letter into comments, However, I have to reiterate the recent court argument of Michael Richards that only Caucasians can be called "racists". Racist acts and words by non-Caucasians are immune. Why?
Lou Judson October 28, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Just found an article in the IJ about Jerome, thought I'd share it here, hope that is okay. It is still an inappropriate comment you made, but I'm curious what you think of this: <http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_19207370> is it fair and factual?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 28, 2011 at 06:28 PM
"There is still no law that prevents the City of Novato from requiring businesses and contractors to provide proof of a right to work in the US before hiring. E-Verify may be included among several proof options. It is still anathema to our well being to spend Novato tax dollars paying illegal wages through their contractors; and it is counter-productive to allow contractors to pay day laborers without a right to work in the US to avoid paying employment and income taxes. The federal law requiring use of E-Verify by all businesses, now under consideration, may nullify the Sacramento leftist's prohibition. That would preserve the Novato E-Verify Initiative, despite Mr. Walter's fondest dreams. Ask yourself why Sacramento and Novato are passing laws that treat illegal aliens preferentially over California and US citizens." This is the comment. What is inappropriate? I stand by every word.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr October 28, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Lou Judson, thank you for being an informed voter. Reading Patch is evidence that you want to stay informed. You do not have to agree with me. I trust every citizen to vote his conscience.
Lou Judson October 28, 2011 at 07:08 PM
What is inapprorpiate, to my mind, is that the robbery and chase and apprehension may have nothing to do with the national origin of the perps. You brought up the topic of illegals... and so only two comments here relate to the article (the one about illegal marijuana and the one frokm unkown Novatoan... I do understand your concerns, and appreciate the dialog we are allowed here, but what is inappropriate to my mind is turning it into a campaign issue. I will drop the debate now.


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