‘They could have shot me’: San Antonio women discusses carjacking that set off police pursuit

The chase ended in a fiery wreck near Castroville early Saturday morning.

SAN ANTONIO — A police chase involving robbery suspects ended in a fiery crash on the west side early Monday morning.

It began around 3 a.m. when 24-year-old Cheyenne was robbed at gunpoint, her car stolen by four men from her home, according to police.

Cheyenne recounted the dramatic moments to KENS 5, saying she was parked in the driveway when she heard a tap on her car’s window. She said when she looked over, a gun-wielding man in a mask was looking back at her.

“He is like, ‘Get the f*** out,'” she said. “He starts yanking at my shirt, the gun is pointed at me the whole time.”

Cheyenne, who was only comfortable sharing her first name, said all of this happened at her home off 410 and Medina Base Road.

“His friend gets in the passenger (seat),” she said. “Another guy gets in the back seat. They take off.”

The car she worked so hard for was gone in just a matter of minutes. 

An hour after the carjacking, SAPD spotted the stolen car at Somerset and Southwest Military. A chase ensued, reaching speeds of 100 mph, police say. 

It all ended near Highway 90 and Castroville Road when, according to police, the suspects crashed Cheyenne’s car. The quartet ran into the woods, but were eventually caught.

“Thank God,” she said. “I am glad they didn’t get to get away with it.”

Her car, on the other hand, caught fire.

“I know it could have been worse,” she said. “They could have shot me. They could have kidnapped me.”

Cheyenne now has a warning for others: Don’t let your guard down, even while in the driveway of your own home. 

Three of the suspects are juveniles, and the fourth is 17 years old. SAPD says officers were given permission to chase them because the crime amounted to an aggravated robbery.

This happened on the Highway 90 access road near Castroville. 

The incident started around 3:00 am when a woman was robbed at gunpoint and her car was stolen by four males from her home in a neighborhood near Medina Base and Loop 410.

An hour later, police saw the vehicle on I-35 and Somerset and began to pursue it up to Loop 410 North and to Highway 90 East with speeds over 100 miles per hour.

Eventually, the vehicle crashed and four suspects bailed out of it, running into the brush near the 9/11 Memorial. The car, a Honda Accord, was fully engulfed in flames. Police say there is not much left of it now.

All four suspects were found with the help of a helicopter, as well as a K-9 unit after a chase through some thick brush. The four suspects, who police say include three juveniles and a 17-year-old, are now in custody.

The gun was not found.

This is a developing story.

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