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3 teen-age girls arrested after carjacking spree


REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Police arrested three teen-age girls, charging that they went on an armed carjacking spree "for the sport of it."

Two 15-year-olds and a 13-year-old, who packed a .38-caliber revolver, laughed about their exploits when police finally caught up with them outside a Redwood City doughnut shop, detectives said. A fourth girl was being sought.

In a 13-hour period, police said yesterday, the group stole two cars at gunpoint and crashed both of them while driving around and visiting friends. They tried to make off with a third car, but the owner resisted, slapping the gun from the hand of the 13-year-old.

Redwood City police Detective Brian Weiss called the episode "amazing."

"It wasn't like they were desperately needing the rides -- they were just driving the cities, picking up their girlfriends along the way. There were probably five or six in the car. They'd already gotten two cars and wanted to see if they could get another."

The carjackings began at 10:54 a.m. at El Camino Real and Center Street in Redwood City, when the three girls asked a 60-year-old woman for a ride, said Howard Baker, a Redwood City police spokesman.

Once inside the new Ford Taurus, they pulled a gun and forced the woman out, police said.

They drove to Daly City, where they abandoned the car after they were involved in an accident. At 1:50 p.m., they carjacked a Mercury Marquis at Hillside Boulevard and Bismark Street, Daly City police said.

While driving around the city of San Mateo, police said, they decided to commandeer another car in the 400 block of Wisnom Avenue. The owner, 51-year-old Victor Oliveira, was uncooperative. He slapped the pistol out of the hand of the 13-year-old. It landed in his car.

Mr. Oliveira said he did not attempt to stop the girls.

"What am I going to do, shoot them?" he said. "They were just kids. I have kids of my own."

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