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Woman Carjacked in Pinole

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A woman was carjacked in Pinole Friday night at gunpoint by a woman who initially said she needed help getting to her mother’s house in San Pablo, according to police. The victim was getting into her car on the 1900 block of San Pablo Avenue Friday evening when she was approached by the female suspect, according to Commander Pete Janke. The suspect told the woman her car had broken down, and pointed to a nearby parked car. She then asked the victim to give her a ride to her mother’s house in unincorporated San Pablo, Janke said.

The victim agreed, and the two drove around Pinole for around 30 minutes, while the victim became increasingly suspicious that the suspect was giving her false information about where they were going. The victim finally stopped her car to seek help from a resident on the 1000 block of Marlesta Road. The suspect responded by allegedly pulling out a handgun and ordering the victim out of the car, Janke said. She then allegedly punched the victim in the face and kicked her as she got out of the car, before driving away east on Marlesta Road toward Appian Way. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic female, 25 years old, 5 feet 1 to 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds. She had dark hair worn in a ponytail and was wearing a black sweater and dark pants. The suspect told the victim her name was “Jessica.” The stolen car is a beige 2001 Mercedes ML320, an suv model, with a California license plate of 5EWU199.

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