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Man in stolen car runs from deputies, carjacks woman in Half Moon Bay

January 9, 2014 9:27 pm

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A man in a stolen car who fled from San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning eluded authorities after he carjacked a woman in Half Moon Bay, sheriff’s officials said.

Around 7 a.m. the sheriff’s office received a report of a person driving recklessly on westbound state Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies determined the car had been stolen Wednesday night out of Oakland.

Sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle pulled over at a Shell gas station near Highway 92 and Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

The driver, and only person in the car, got out of the car and then saw a deputy, which was when he ran into a cemetery on the north side of Highway 92.

The deputy chased after the suspect but since it was dark the suspect got away.

The deputy also deployed a police dog to track down the suspect who had run near the Hilltop Mobile Home Park, east of the cemetery.

As a precaution during the suspect search, Half Moon Bay High School, located at 1 Lewis Foster Drive, was ordered to lock down, as were residents in the immediate area, officials said.

Around 7:40 a.m. a female reported she had been carjacked near the parking lot at the Hilltop Mobile Home Park.

She said the suspect forced her to drive him to San Mateo, which she did.

The suspect got out of her car in the 600 block of Concar Drive in San Mateo and ran away.

San Mateo police also responded to the area and searched for the suspect for hours, but the man was not found, sheriff’s officials said.

The carjacking victim was not hurt in the incident, officials said.

Once the suspect was determined to have left the Half Moon Bay area, the lockdowns were lifted at the school and in the neighborhood, officials said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s standing about 6 feet tall with a thin build, dark hair and wearing all dark clothing.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call San Mateo County sheriff’s Detective Hector Acosta at (650) 363-4064 or Detective John Sebring at (650) 363-4057. Calls can also be made to an anonymous tip line at (800) 547-2700.