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Police arrest Manteca man for carjacking

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POSTED February 8, 2012 10:44 p.m.

Manteca Police have made an arrest in a January carjacking in central Manteca.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a carjacking on Jan. 20 at 1:54 a.m. that occurred in the 200 block of Elm Avenue.

They met with two female victims, both in their early 20s.  The victims explained that they were outside their vehicle when the suspect approached them.  The suspect produced a firearm and ordered the victims back to the vehicle.  Once in the vehicle, the suspect ordered the driver to drive the vehicle.  When they reached the area of Pierce Street and Manteca Avenue the suspect ordered them to stop the vehicle and exit, which they did.  The suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove away.  The vehicle was last seen westbound on Yosemite Avenue.  

 During the later part of January Manteca Police received information from the San Joaquin County Probation Department of a possible suspect.  With that information, lead investigator Wayne Miller was able to positively identify Eddie Chavez, 34, of Manteca as the carjacking suspect.  

 The victim’s vehicle, a 1996 Honda Civic, was recovered on Feb. 1 in a rural part of Escalon.

Detective Miller and several additional detectives on Wednesday contacted Chavez at his residence located in the 100 block of W. Yosemite Avenue.

Chavez was taken into custody at that time.  

 Chavez was later booked into county jail on kidnapping and carjacking charges along with enhancement for armed during the commission of a felony.

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