2 in custody after carjacking, chase on South Side

Suspects accused of stealing roofing truck at gunpoint

SAN ANTONIO – Two men were arrested Monday morning after a chase and carjacking on the city’s South Side.

San Antonio police took both into custody around 8:30 a.m. after chasing them down on foot in a wooded area along Pleasanton Road, just outside Loop 410.

Sgt. Jesse Salame, a spokesman for SAPD, said officers originally responded to a call about a carjacking at a roofing business in the 11500 block of South Loop 410 East. He said the two robbers had arrived in a U-Haul pickup but were after one belonging to the business.

“They confronted one of the workers there that was driving a big utility truck with roofing materials. They took that truck at gunpoint," he said.

Salame said the two suspects split up, with one driving the U-Haul pickup and the other driving the stolen utility truck. A short time later a Bexar County sheriff's deputy spotted the two men back together again, Salame said.

"He saw this big utility truck stuck in the mud over at Martinez Losoya and (Highway) 281," Salame said. “The men apparently were offloading some of the roofing materials into their truck.”

When the men saw the deputy, they both jumped into their original vehicle and sped off. Salame said the deputy chased the suspects for a while until they lost a tire and their U-Haul pickup rolled several times in the 11700 block of Pleasanton Road.

“They were lucky to land upright. They were lucky they weren't seriously hurt,” Salame said. “It could've been a very, very dangerous situation with the roads being wet."

Police said the two men jumped out of the pickup and ran toward a wooded area, but officers caught them and took them into custody. One man suffered a bump on his head and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The other was taken to jail.

Salame said both suspects face a long list of charges.

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