RICHMOND -- They took his cell phone, wallet and car keys around 1 a.m. Tuesday. When the armed robbers returned to his home at 2:40 a.m., allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and tried to take his car, too, a Richmond man decided they were not going to get away with it, police said.
The man jumped in another family car outside the home on the 800 block of South 45th Street, called 911 and talked to a police dispatcher as the five suspects sped away on Cutting Boulevard and got onto eastbound Interstate 80.
He guided police to the suspects, who refused to stop and eventually crashed their small SUV on the El Portal Drive off-ramp, said Sgt. Nicole Abetkov. Five Richmond residents were arrested minutes later, all on suspicion of armed robbery, carjacking, evading police, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm.
The male suspects were identified Phillip Jackson, 18, and four teenagers, ages 15 to 17. Jackson, who turned 18 Thursday, has previous felony arrests in Richmond, police said.
Police said it is helpful for victims to provide suspect information, but cautioned against residents chasing after suspects.
"This victim was lucky that the suspects didn't start shooting," Abetkov said.
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