Update: 12/14/12 7:45 a.m.:
Three people were arrested in Pacifica this week for stealing a car and evading police after a car chase that ended in the St. Peter’s Church parking lot Wednesday afternoon.
Jimmy Baylor, 20, Logan Wilcox, 25, and Shannon Wilcox, 23, face charges of vehicle theft, grand theft, possession of stolen property, and criminal conspiracy.
The incident began on Wednesday around 3:50 p.m. when Pacifica Police came across a vehicle in the 1400 block of Crespi Drive that was reported stolen to Daly City Police.
Upon making contact with the occupants, the vehicle fled from the Pacifica Police unit, ensuing in a pursuit for more than a mile.
Minutes later officers located the vehicle in the parking lot of St. Peter’s Church at 700 Oddstad Blvd.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Jimmy Baylor, a resident of Austin, Texas, was arrested.
The other two suspects fled prior to police arrival. One of the suspects reportedly entered St. Peter's Church.
Officers, with the assistance of a Daly City Police K-9 unit, searched the church and surrounding area, but did not locate any other suspects.
Thursday, however, officers caught up with the two suspects, both transients, on the 1100 block of Crespi Drive, where they were taken into custody and booked into the county jail
The investigation into this case is continuing by the Pacifica Police Department.
Original post 12/13/12 6 a.m.:
Around 4 p.m. Wednesday Pacifica Police were led on a chase that ended in the St. Peter's Catholic Church parking lot on Oddstad Boulevard.
Witnesses say they saw seven patrol cars in the lot and upon picking up their children from CCD class, noticed a man apprehended in one of the patrol cars.
“When I got to CCD pick up they had him in the patrol car. Some kids walking from the classrooms to church saw the whole thing and were told to duck down,” said Allison Kehoe Siconolfi on Pacifica Patch’s Facebook page. “Seeing that kind of activity and hearing our children were so close to danger during religious education gave us all there a slight heart attack to say the least. So so scary!”
Mike Day was also there picking up his kids from CCD:
“That was an awful feeling, pulling into the parking lot with seven patrol cars surrounding the place with our kids inside. The more I talk with kids and others, sounds like it was an isolated incident where they led police on a chase into the church parking lot but only police pulling out guns.”
Pacifica Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.