A San Jose man was arrested for suspected back-to-back late night robbery and carjacking cases that occurred earlier this month in Oakdale.
On Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at about 10:15 p.m., Oakdale Police were dispatched to a report of a robbery that had occurred in the area of Chase Bank at 325 E. F St.
Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim who described a tall slender Hispanic male and possibly a black male adult threatened him with a knife and stole his debit card. While the victim attempted to flee, the suspect(s) followed the victim’s vehicle and attempted to ram the victim’s vehicle. Oakdale Police located the suspect’s vehicle unoccupied at East G Street and South Third Avenue and determined the Dodge sedan had been stolen out of San Jose.
Approximately 40 minutes later, at about 10:55 p.m., police received a report of a carjacking that had occurred in the area of the Ryderz Restaurant at 875 E. F St. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the elderly victim, who stated two subjects approached him at his vehicle and threatened him with a knife and stole his white Chevrolet Express Van. Area law enforcement was advised to be on the lookout for the stolen van as the investigations continued.
On Feb. 5, 2020, at about 12:28 a.m. Sonora Police Department and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office located the stolen Chevrolet Van in the Sonora area. The driver led police on a vehicle pursuit. The CHP took the lead on the pursuit and the driver and a female passenger were eventually taken into custody in the area of Twain Harte and transferred into the custody of Oakdale PD.
After further investigation, Oakdale Police were able to positively identify the driver as Marcus Washington, 31, San Jose, as the suspect in both OPD cases from the areas of the Chase Bank and Ryderz Restaurant. Fortunately, police said, neither of the victims in these cases was physically injured.
Washington was later booked into Stanislaus County Public Safety Center for robbery, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, elder abuse and also had an outstanding warrant from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Citizens with any information on this crime or the suspects are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636 and contact Oakdale Police at 209-847-2231. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.