Two arrested in Modesto carjacking

local@modbee.comJune 17, 2013 

— Authorities say two men were arrested on suspicion of carjacking in Modesto early Monday after they returned to the scene of the crime where an officer was taking the victim's statement.

The robbery occurred just after 4 a.m. when the victim pulled up to a home in the 2300 block of Eicher Avenue in northwest Modesto and was approached by two men, according to Modesto police Lt. David Van Diemen.

One man simulated a gun in his waistband and ordered the victim out of his Toyota pickup, police said. He complied and the two men got into his truck and drove away.

"The officer arrives at the scene and is completing the report on the robbery and, while doing so, (the suspects) drive by and the victim says 'There's my car,' " Van Diemen said.

The officer drove after the pickup around the corner to Sharon Way, where he found the Toyota abandoned and the suspects fleeing, police said.

The officer caught up with them and ordered them to the ground. The driver, identified as Robert Gonzalez Jr., 18, complied, but the passenger, Alexander Rodriguez, 18, fought with the officer, authorities said. He was quickly subdued, Van Diemen said.

Both were arrested on suspicion of carjacking and conspiracy. Rodriguez faces charges of resisting arrest.

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