At about 9:16 pm Thursday night, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a reported carjacking that had just occurred at a residence in the 8400 block of West Main Street, Turlock.
When deputies arrived on scene, the victim told them that while he was in his vehicle at about 9:00 pm, a male about five feet nine inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with his face covered by the hood, approached him on foot and told him that he needed his vehicle. He then told deputies that he got out and was about to fight the subject, when the subject brandished a handgun, pushed him out of the way, and drove off eastbound with his vehicle.
About an hour later at 10:42 pm, the Keyes Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at the intersection of North Tully Road and West Barnhart Road. When firefighters arrived on scene and gave dispatch the plate of the vehicle on fire, she informed them that it was just carjacked and that she would send deputies their way. The fire was quickly put out and contained to just the vehicle.
Deputies responded to the scene of the fire and noticed shoe prints on the ground leading into the orchard just east of the intersection that did not match those of any of the firefighters on scene. Assistance was requested from the office’s airship, which arrived overheard just a few minutes later. The airship attempted to locate anyone that was possibly in the orchard, but they were unable to.
Deputies recovered the burned vehicle and the investigation remains on-going.