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Police Said Robbers Led Them on Sandy Chase

Two teenagers demanded money and a purse from passersby on Appian Way, police say.

Police Said Robbers Led Them on Sandy Chase Police Said Robbers Led Them on Sandy Chase

Two gang members suspected of attempted robbery led police officers on a chase along the waterline last Saturday night.

The chase began after police received a 911 call about two teenagers who had demanded a purse and money from people walking in the 1700 block of Appian Way, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

"The victims tried to ignore the suspects who then made a statement about having a gun," said Sgt. Richard Lewis. "As the victims approached their [destination], the suspects began throwing rocks at them, before running away."

Officers found the suspects, later identified as a 17-year-old and Richardo Gonzalez Valdez, 18, and chased them on the sand. While arresting the teenager and Valdez, officers said they recovered a knife.

The teen was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery, and participating in a criminal street gang. Valdez was booked into jail on suspicion of the same charges.

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