A late night carjacking in Oakdale on Monday, Dec. 12 resulted in an arrest of the suspects by Riverbank sheriff’s deputies less than two hours later.
Around 11:30 p.m., Oakdale Police officers responded to a reported carjacking in the 300 block of South Sixth Avenue. The victim in the case reported that three masked male subjects approached him with one of the males brandishing a handgun. The suspects ordered the victim to hand over the car keys to a grey Suzuki SUV.
The suspects got into the car and fled the scene.
Police put out a broadcast of the taken vehicle along with the suspect descriptions of three Hispanic males, one wearing a ski mask and one with a baseball cap and a dark bandana covering his face.
Around 1 a.m., a Riverbank sheriff’s deputy spotted the car near the Crossroads Shopping Center. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle near Oakdale and Crawford roads, but the driver fled, leading the deputy on a short pursuit.
During the pursuit the suspects fled from the vehicle in the area of Bracco Way and Mayberry Court. Deputies, along with officers from Modesto Police Department, then established a perimeter in the neighborhood to contain the suspects.
While officers were searching the area, including deploying a police K-9 to assist, a citizen reported a pair of suspicious suspects walking in the side yard of a nearby residence in the 5400 block of Blazer Court.
Officers took into custody Jose Hernandez, 20, of Oakdale and a 17-year-old juvenile male.
Hernandez was booked into Stanislaus County Jail for carjacking and is being held with a $150,000 bail. No information was available about the juvenile arrested.
The Suzuki SUV was returned to the victim.
Oakdale Police Officer Dan Taylor said Oakdale Police detectives, in conjunction with Riverbank detectives, are still working the case.
Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Oakdale Police Investigations Section (209) 847-2231.