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Carjacking Reported In Orinda Wednesday – Suspect Arrested After Bizarre Return Trip


FINAL UPDATE: Two detained near St. Stephens off-ramp after bizarre carjacking, pursuit.

A driver had his car stolen at gunpoint near Orinda Chevron Wednesday night, the victim approached by a young woman who brandished a pistol and ordered him out of his Mercedes E300 sedan.

No injuries were reported during the encounter, reported at approximately 6:30 p.m. After a brief detour into Lafayette, the car and driver were spotted and pursued westbound on Highway 24 in Oakland, where an Oakland police helicopter picked up the chase.

The suspect was initially described as a black woman, 20-25 years old, 5’5″-inches, medium build and armed with a “silver” or nickel-plated handgun.

UPDATE: In a bizarre turn of events, the suspect in this case reportedly drove to Oakland at high speed where she may have picked up a second person before returning east on Highway 24 to the St. Stephens off-ramp of Highway 24 where the car was eventually stopped and one person detained. It appears the fleeing Mercedes collided with another car in the eastbound bore of the Caldecott, although no serious injuries were reported. A search for a second suspect believed to be the woman carjacker is underway as this is written (7:33pm) and Highway 24 is reportedly being shut down to facilitate that search.

Aerial units are overhead, coordinating with searchers on the ground. An ambulance has been summoned to the scene and we believe the outstanding suspect has been detained after contact with a police dog.


  1. 3 agencies had aircover. Highway patrol Cessna, Opd , and coco Sherrif. They just left the scene a moment ago.

    • Definitely made contact but unknown exact extent of damage. No injuries believed resulted and the victims got a chance to ID the suspect(s) – so there was that.

    • OPD posted on the local Nextdoor that arrested along with Ms. Washington was a young gentleman by the name of Corey Hill, who “was booked for felony evading, probation violation, and an outstanding arrest warrant for murder” and “is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.” Guess she did the police a big favor by picking up a bonus catch for them.

  2. Oakland cops leaving it up to our guys to make the arrest once again, some of that Oakland PD budget should go to Lamorinda eh?

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