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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here Are The Guys Accused of Stealing a Newspaper Truck and Leading Police on a High-Speed Chase

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

click to enlarge Andrew Rojas (left) Rudolph "Rudy" Martinez (right)
  • Andrew Rojas (left) Rudolph "Rudy" Martinez (right)

Police released the names and images of the two San Francisco men suspected of stealing a Chronicle newspaper delivery truck yesterday morning and leading police on a high-speed chase through several counties. 

Andrew Rojas, 30, and Rudolph "Rudy" Martinez, 53, were booked into San Francisco County Jail and charged with vehicle theft, felony evading, conspiracy, and assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. 

The craziness started yesterday morning just before 4 a.m. when a pair of thieves stole a San Francisco Chronicle delivery truck at Market and Castro streets. The unmarked van was spotted about four hours later in the city's Bayview District — and it was not delivering papers. 

The cops attempted to pull over the van, but the driver sped off — and that's when the hour-and-a-half chase began.

ABC7 has some great video of the chase, which continued down Highway 101 and across the San Mateo Bridge all the way into San Leandro.

After a long and reckless chase down Interstate 880 and residential streets, the passenger reportedly hopped out of the truck and bolted down Juana Avenue in San Leandro on a bicycle.The cops nabbed him before he got away. 

ABC7 reports that the driver parked in a nearby cul de sac and ran off into a "wooded area in the upper San Leandro area near Chabot Park."

Per the news station: "The suspect in a blue T-shirt could be seen from SKY7 HD hopping fences through the neighborhood and then down a hillside that leads to Chabot Park."

He, too, was eventually caught. 
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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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