Suspects in Modesto carjacking arrested

local@modbee.comFebruary 14, 2013 

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— Modesto police arrested two people on carjacking charges on Thursday morning.

According to Sgt. David Chamberlain, the incident began Wednesday night at Ninth and O streets. Three suspects carjacked a person and forced the victim to go to a bank and withdraw money.

The victim got away; Chamberlain said it wasn't clear whether the victim escaped or was released by the carjackers.

On Thursday morning, police discovered the vehicle parked near Carver Road and Mount Vernon Drive at about 5 a.m., Chamberlain said.

Officers kept watch on the vehicle and two men came out of a nearby house and drove away. Officers tried to stop the car, but the driver led them on a short chase before crashing into a tree.

The two men, identified as Gary Thornhill, 44, and James Highfill, 42, face charges tied to the carjacking and chase. Both were booked into Stanislaus County Jail, with bail for each set at $150,000.

There were no reports of injuries.

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