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Gilroy alleged carjacking on El Cerrito Way, Modesto resident Cesar Garcia arrested

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A 24-year-old man has been arrested and police are searching for a second suspect in connection with a carjacking in Gilroy last week, police said today. Modesto resident Cesar Garcia was arrested on July 8 after a reported carjacking in the 700 block of El Cerrito Way, police said. Police responded around 7:15 a.m. that day and found a 44-year-old Gilroy man who said two suspects approached him in a black Lexus driven by Garcia.

The passenger exited the car and walked toward the victim’s vehicle, which was on with the keys in the ignition, police said. The victim attempted to stop the suspect from taking his silver four-door Saturn sedan but the suspect pushed him and took the vehicle, police said. The victim was not injured. At 7:35 a.m. police spotted the Lexus near Leavesly Road and U.S. Highway 101.

When police approached the driver, later identified as Garcia, he allegedly fled and a short chase ensued until police ended the chase. The car was then found on Highway 101 just south of city limits, where Garcia had apparently lost control and hit another car. Garcia appears to have fled on foot but was then found a short time later in the area.

He was arrested on suspicion of committing a carjacking, evading police and possessing stolen property, police said. The black Lexus was discovered stolen out of San Jose, with stolen property from the Gilroy man inside, police said. The second suspect, a man standing about 5 feet 7 inches and weighing about 155 pounds, remains at large today with the stolen 1998 Saturn with California license plate No. 4YBD579.

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