By: Robert Salonga, Bay Area News Group
DALY CITY — A frenetic police chase where a motorcycle officer crashed on a San Francisco freeway last month could have been drastically more violent after the revelation the two fleeing burglary suspects had several weapons including a fully automatic firearm, prosecutors said.
Frank Harris Jr., 18, and 24-year-old Jamariea Najee Ronnie Newt were set to appear in court Tuesday on multiple charges encompassing burglary, evading police while causing serious bodily injury, reckless driving, converting a firearm into a machine gun, and resisting arrest while causing serious bodily injury.
Harris, who was actively being prosecuted in a misdemeanor case and was free on his own recognizance, is being held on $200,000 bail. Newt was on parole after recently getting out of state prison for a residential burglary conviction, and now could face 25 years to life in prison under the state’s “three strikes” law.
Frank Harris Jr., 18, was charged in a Nov. 19, 2017 Serramonte Mall car burglary and police chase that ended with a Daly City motorcycle officer crashing in San Francisco.
On the morning of Nov. 19, Daly City police were called to the Serramonte Center shopping mall for reports of suspicious people “casing parked vehicles” in the area, and officers spotted a Honda Accord that appeared to match the given description. The officers tried to stop the car, but the driver, alleged to be Newt, instead sped away and got onto Interstate 280 toward San Francisco.
The officers, including a motorcycle officer, pursued the car, and about three miles later, the motor officer crashed near the Alemany Boulevard offramp. But soon after, the fleeing car rear-ended another car, injuring a 12-year-old girl inside. Authorities say Newt and Harris then ditched the Honda and ran into a nearby neighborhood.
Both men were caught and arrested within about 20 minutes, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. In a nearby garbage can, prosecutors said Harris dumped a Coach bag containing a loaded Glock pistol “which had been altered to allow it to shoot fully automatic.”
Police also reportedly found a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the center console of the Honda they were seen driving, along with property allegedly stolen from three vehicles at the shopping mall back in Daly City.
The injured officer was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated and released.
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