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Huntington Beach police arrest juvenile for "series of intentional hit-and-run" crashes

Teenager arrested for a series of intentional hit-and-run crashes in Huntington Beach
Teenager arrested for a series of intentional hit-and-run crashes in Huntington Beach 02:13

Huntington Beach police arrested a juvenile for a series of "intentional hit-and-run" crashes, one of which killed a 70-year-old man. 

"I would like to commend the detectives who investigated these terrible crimes for their tireless work in apprehending a dangerous suspect," said Huntington Beach Chief of Police Eric Parra. "I would also like to thank the public for their tips and support as we searched for the perpetrator. The safety of our City is our top priority, and I want to reassure the community that they are safe. "

Officers have not identified the suspect but he has been booked with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of homicide. 

According to the Hunting Beach Police Department, the intentional collisions with three bicyclists happened on Sunday evening, between 10 and 10:45 p.m. 

The first collision happened at around 10 p.m. at the crosswalk between Warner Avenue and Edwards Street. The next happened at about 10:30 p.m. in the area of Brad Drive and Edwards Street. Both of these victims suffered only minor injuries and were released shortly after officers interviewed them. 

The final collision police learned about happened near Heil Avenue and Springdale Street at about 10:45 p.m. The bicyclist, 70-year-old Steven Gonzales, suffered major injuries. Despite paramedics' efforts to save his life, he died at the scene.

Detectives arrested the juvenile on Tuesday at around 9:00 p.m. after locating his black Toyota four-door sedan near Warner Avenue. 

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