Police arrested a teenager Tuesday night after he led authorities on a high-speed chase through the Coachella Valley in a stolen car. Officers are still searching for three suspects, possibly juveniles, who ran from the vehicle when it stopped in Thousand Palms.
According to the Cathedral City Police Department, the chase began after multiple robberies were reported. The group is accused of robbing three people at gunpoint; two in Cathedral City and one in Palm Springs.
The first robbery happened shortly after 6 p.m. near McCallum Way and Walden Way. A juvenile reported having his iPhone and skateboard stolen by three Hispanic males who pulled a gun on him. They ran back to the stolen vehicle where the fourth suspect waited as the getaway driver.
Police said they saw the suspects driving through Cathedral City and began pursuing the driver at speeds reaching 100 MPH on eastbound I-10 into Thousand Palms.
The three robbery suspects ran from the vehicle as it slowed to a roll near Monte Vista Way and La Canada Way, according to a release from the Cathedral City Police Department. The driver continued to evade police for 20 minutes, driving back through Cathedral City and then into Rancho Mirage.
Police were able to corner the suspect on Joshua Road, which is a cul-de-sac, behind the PGA Superstore parking lot just north of Fred Waring Drive. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on outstanding warrants, robbery charges and evading police.
During the chase, police learned a woman was also robbed by the group just before the teenager was targeted. The woman had an iPad stolen from her in the Stater Bros parking lot off Ramon Road and Date Palm Drive.
Police discovered the suspect’s vehicle was actually stolen out of Desert Hot Springs. A stolen purse from a third victim was found in the car as well.
Police said a woman in Palm Springs had her purse stolen while she sat inside a Starbucks. She said a Hispanic male snatched her purse from the table after he had been staring at her iPad. There were two eyewitnesses at the scene and the theft was captured on surveillance video.
As far as the three suspects who fled from the stolen car in Thousand Palms, police weren’t able to locate them after setting up a perimeter around a Thousand Palms home.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0303.