SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Two juveniles were arrested following an attempted armed robbery at a gas station in Santa Cruz early Saturday morning, according to police.

Two armed suspects entered the Valero gas station at 1516 Soquel Ave. around 12:15 a.m. and attempted to rob the clerk at gunpoint, according to Deputy Chief Steve Clark.

The clerk, however, fled the office, locked the door and called 911.

The would-be robbers fled in a vehicle, and the clerk was not injured.

While Santa Cruz police were searching for the robbery suspects, Watsonville police located a vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking in Watsonville Friday night, Clark said.

After apprehending the occupants of the car, they found evidence consistent with the Santa Cruz robbery, Clark said. Two handguns were recovered in a search of the vehicle that are thought to have been used in the robbery.

Two juvenile males from Watsonville, ages 15 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and participation in a criminal street gang.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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