One suspect arrested, one sought in Modesto carjacking

05/21/2014 4:54 PM

05/21/2014 7:27 PM

A Modesto woman was arrested on suspicion of carjacking Tuesday night after a short pursuit by officers.

The carjacking occurred at a hotel in the 1500 block of McHenry Avenue about 5:15 p.m., said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves.

The victim was in his Chevrolet Trailblazer in the parking lot of the hotel when he was approached by a man and a woman.

The man opened the victim’s door and told him to get out, while grabbing at him. The victim got out of the vehicle because he was scared of what the man might do, Graves said.

The woman got into the driver’s seat and the man into the passenger seat, and the woman told the victim they’d be right back.

The carjackers never did return to the hotel, and an officer spotted the Trailblazer about 9:45 p.m., parked in the 200 block of Oak Street in west Modesto, Graves said.

Undercover officers watched the vehicle for about 90 minutes until the female suspect left a home with another woman and got inside.

An officer in a marked patrol car attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver did not yield to his lights and sirens.

After several blocks, the officer used a precision immobilization technique, which stopped the Trailblazer at Sixth and K streets. The two women surrendered.

Driver Natasha Irizarry, 25, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. Graves said officers continue to search for the other person involved in the carjacking, described only as a black man.

The passenger with Irizarry at the time of the pursuit, Brandi Barrett, 35, was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

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