FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — An armed robbery of two Fairfield High School students Monday morning ended with a police pursuit and two suspects arrested in Vallejo, according to authorities.
The suspects allegedly robbed the victims using a .22-caliber pistol-grip rifle with a silencer around 7:50 a.m. near a Walgreens store in Fairfield close to the high school campus and fled in a blue Nissan, Vallejo police Lt. Kent Tribble said.
A student alerted the school’s principal of the robbery, who called police.
“The principal made a decisive reaction to make sure our kids are safe and secure,” said Sheila McCabe of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.
Fairfield High School was placed on lockdown after the incident and parents were alerted after the incident. Parents were alerted via district tweets and phone messages about the lockdown.
Nekaa Drumheller got a terrifying text message from her daughter after the school was placed on lockdown.
“I said ‘What’s going on?’ She said ‘There are sirens and they are keeping us in the classroom,'” said Drumheller. “She was scared. She said it was for real; they were on lockdown and there was all kinds of sirens. So I held off on taking my son to school until I knew what was going on.”
The lockdown lasted for 12 minutes at the high school. It was lifted when police determined the area near the school was safe.
Fairfield police sent out an alert and the Nissan was spotted twenty minutes later on westbound Interstate Highway 80, Tribble said.
Police pursued the car through central and north Vallejo until both suspects fled on foot in the 300 block of Washington Street in Vallejo, Tribble said.
The CHP air unit and Vallejo Police K-9 unit tracked down both suspects hiding in nearby yards. Authorities arrested 20-year-old Jakari Taylor of Sacramento and 18-year-old Jakobi Brumfield of Fairfield.
The suspects were turned over to Fairfield police, and the rifle allegedly used in the robbery was recovered in Fairfield.
Taylor was booked into Solano County Jail for robbery, attempted robbery, felony evading, conspiracy, and several weapons violations. Brumfield was booked for robbery, attempted robbery, conspiracy, and resisting arrest.