On November 11, 2018 at 9:05 a.m., the Harrisburg Police responded to a stolen vehicle on the 1900 block of Ice Street. The owner started their vehicle to the rear of their home and left it running with the keys in it. The victim went back into their residence. It was during this time that the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle was recovered later that day with the keys missing.
On November 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving Day) at 10:22 a.m. the vehicle was stolen once again. The victim heard something coming from the rear of their home and when they went to investigate they saw a male in a gray hoodie entering the vehicle and driving it away. The victim immediately called police.
The driver of the stolen vehicle has been identified as 15-year-old Kobe Santiago. The passengers’ identities will not be released as they are juveniles, but they are 16 & 17 years old.
On November 25, 2018 at approximately 11:35 a.m., Harrisburg Police received a call from a vehicle owner who stated that their vehicle had been stolen. The owner tried to follow the vehicle but lost site of it a few blocks away. The owner returned home and called the police. The vehicle was last observed in the area of S. 25th Street and Brookwood Street.
Officers responded to the area and the vehicle was observed on S. 20th Street and Kensington Street. Officers confirmed that the vehicle was stolen and attempted to stop it. The driver refused to stop the vehicle and fled from the officers. Officers indicated that the vehicle was increasing speed and the pursuit was terminated. The pursuing officers stopped and parked their vehicles.
The vehicle continued accelerating its speed, lost control, and crashed into a large tree on the 2500 block of Brookwood Street. The driver was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. The two other occupants were also transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The departments Traffic Safety Unit was called in and will continue the investigation.