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Deputies Arrest Antonio Ambriz In Connection With Carjacking And Assault In Millbrae

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A man suspected of stealing a car and then running over the victim in Millbrae earlier this month was arrested Monday after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies discovered him hiding in the backseat of a vehicle.

Antonio Ambriz, 30, of San Francisco, was arrested when a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the 1400 block of Madera Way in Millbrae at 8:53 p.m. Monday. Ambriz had been sought for the carjacking and assault on April 17 that sent a 64-year-old man to a hospital with minor injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

The deputy pulled over the vehicle Monday because he noticed it was speeding and failed to stop at a stop sign, sheriff’s officials said.

According to deputies, the driver, Leo Soto, 30, of Millbrae, seemed nervous and evasive. When the deputy conducted a search inside the vehicle, he found Ambriz hiding underneath clothing in the back seat.

When Ambriz allegedly failed to comply with the deputy’s commands, the deputy deployed his Taser stun gun on him and took him into custody. After searching Ambriz, the deputy discovered he was carrying a usable amount of methamphetamine along with paraphernalia, sheriff’s officials said.

Both Ambriz and Soto were booked into Maguire Correctional Facility. Ambriz was booked on suspicion of conspiracy, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Soto was booked on suspicion of being an accessory and conspiracy.

In the April 17 incident, deputies said the 64-year-old victim had left his vehicle running in his home’s driveway, located near the intersection of South Ashton and Millbrae avenues in Millbrae. When he returned, he noticed the suspect, later identified as Ambriz, sitting in the driver’s seat.

Ambriz allegedly struck the victim with the vehicle, knocking him to the ground and running him over. The victim was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to sheriff’s officials.

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