HAYWARD -- A trio suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven in north Hayward and holding customers at gunpoint on Monday was nabbed by police following the heist, according to police.

Officers were dispatched at 3:07 p.m. to the store at 24476 Mission Blvd., said Sgt. Eric Melendez.

Witnesses told police that two suspects walked into the store and that one suspect pointed a gun at the clerk and customers. The suspects ordered them to the ground, took cash from the register, ran out of the store and got into a car driven by a third suspect, Melendez said.

Witnesses gave a description of the car to officers and shortly after, police spotted the vehicle. They attempted to pull it over, but the driver sped off and turned onto Clarendale Street¿, a deadend street.

When the car stopped, two suspects got out and ran. Police detained the third suspect, Melendez said.

Police set up a perimeter and a police dog found one suspect -- a 17-year-old Richmond boy, hiding under a car. A gun and cash taken from the 7-Eleven were found near the teen, police said.

The third suspect ran into a closed school at Soto Road and Orchard Avenue, but police later found him walking across a nearby field, out-of-breath.

Police said video surveillance from the convenience store showed the suspects at the scene.

Police then arrested the 17-year-old, as well as Jacksun Cooper, 19, of Antioch, and Covan VanHook, 21, of Richmond. All three were scheduled to appear at the Hayward Hall of Justice on Wednesday to be arraigned on robbery charges, police said.


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The heist comes on the heels of two other Bay Area 7-Elevens recently being robbed at gunpoint.

Last week, two Fremont convenience stores were robbed within 15 minutes of each other on April 17, but Melendez said Tuesday that it did not appear they were related.

Anyone with information about the Fremont armed heists is asked to call police at 510-790-6880.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.