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article imageTwo of three suspects arrested in slayings of Marin County teens

By Nathan Salant     May 27, 2016 in Crime
Novato - Two teenage suspects being sought in a deadly attack in normally bucolic western Marin County were arrested Thursday and charged with killing two high school students and seriously injuring a third.
Marin sheriffs deputies captured the suspects during a series of raids on homes in Novato, Calif., a city of 50,000 on the northern edge of the county, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
A third suspect is still at large, the newspaper said.
Novato High School was closed as a safety measure Thursday as authorities investigated Wednesday's attack near a waterfall on a popular hiking trail leading from the Marin County Club on Fairway Drive.
That attack left two teens dead but a third, who was seriously injured, managed to walk a third of a mile to find cell phone reception and call for help, the newspaper said.
Names of the victims and suspects were not released.
Sheriff's department spokesman Lt. Doug PIttman said authorities still did not understand the motive for the attack, which occurred as the high school prepared for an end-of-the-year rally and nest month's graduation ceremonies.
“The motive behind this is something we are still trying to identify,” Pittman said as he stood in front of Novato High on Arthur Street.
Pittman said authorities were still combing the scene of the attack, and found evidence of a struggle.
One of the victims who had been shot was still alive when emergency personnel reached the scene but died before he could be airlifted to a hospital, Pittman said.
The surviving victim suffered gunshot and stab wounds but is expected to survive, the newspaper said.
He told authorities that he and the others had been set upon by three males.
The two captured suspects were arrested Thursday afternoon when deputies raided a home on Rowland Boulevard and an apartment on Leafwood Drive, the newspaper said.
Neighbors said police surrounded the Rowland Boulevard house before entering and arresting a suspect.
“They all went in with the guns drawn, and a person on a megaphone was saying, ‘Anybody in the house please come out. We have a search warrant,’” said Mary Ferreira, 72, who lives across the street.
Deputies then brought out a shirtless suspect in handcuffs.
“It was like in the movies,” she said.
But other residents of the upscale neighborhood expressed apprehension.
“I think it’s awful because this is a peaceful place. We have people walking their dogs, walking with their kids," said Joan Blanchard, 72, who lives on Fairway Drive.
“The neighbors aren't pleased with this because our kids go up there," she said.
Marin sheriffs handled the investigation and apprehension of the suspects because the location of the attack was on unincorporated land just outside the city of Novato.
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