HALF MOON BAY (BCN) — San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two burglary suspects in Half Moon Bay on Saturday afternoon after they allegedly struck a woman with their vehicle and then collided with another vehicle on state Highway 1 while fleeing from the scene of the crime.
Around 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to a report of an auto burglary happening in the 700 block of Johnston Street, according to the sheriff’s office.
Upon arrival, deputies learned two suspects were seen stealing a purse from a vehicle. As the suspects were fleeing in their vehicle, a woman tried to stop them. The suspect vehicle then struck the woman, knocking her to the ground, sheriff’s officials said.
The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, according to sheriff’s spokesman Detective Salvador Zuno.
After receiving a description of the suspects and their vehicle, a red 2004 Lincoln LS, deputies began looking for the suspects.
Deputies located the men in the Lincoln speeding on northbound Highway 1, sheriff’s officials said.
While on the highway, the Lincoln then collided with another vehicle at Coronado Street in the neighboring community of El Granada.
Following the collision, deputies were able to detain the suspects.
A female passenger in the vehicle struck by the suspects was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Zuno.
The suspects, identified as Larry Williams, 24, of Antioch, and Eric Watts, 25, of Oakland, were uninjured, Zuno said.
Williams and Watts were both arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, auto burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy, according to the sheriff’s office.
The pair has been booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City.
Sheriff’s officials are reminding residents to avoid leaving bags, electronics and other valuables in plain sight inside vehicles. They also advise not to approach suspects seen breaking into vehicles and instead to call 911.