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Arrest, extradition for string of crimes: Man led police on foot chase, allegedly carjacked woman in Half Moon Bay
August 08, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Armando Mendoza

A man was arrested in Nevada for a string of crimes in January that allegedly began with an Oakland car theft and led to a foot pursuit through a Half Moon Bay cemetery, a lockdown of the city’s high school and a mobile home carjacking that ended in San Mateo.

Armando Mendoza, a 20-year-old who was an Oakland resident at the time of the crime, was recently extradited to San Mateo County after being arrested in Nevada July 25 for a string of crimes Jan. 9, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The string of bizarre events began around 7 a.m. when someone called police to report a magenta sedan driving erratically west on State Route 92 toward Half Moon Bay, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A sheriff’s deputy recognized the 2006 Dodge Charger as being stolen out of Oakland the night before and watched as Mendoza approached the Shell gas station at the intersection of Main Street and State Route 92. Mendoza got out of the car but, when he saw deputies, fled on foot into the cemetery, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy, who was a K9 handler, tracked Mendoza into the area of the cemetery and the Hilltop Mobile Home Park, but lost sight of him due to the darkness, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Because Mendoza was at large, police alerted Half Moon Bay High School to lock down the campus as a precaution.

Around 7:41 a.m., San Mateo police were contacted by a woman who said she wasn’t injured but, had been carjacked in the Hilltop Mobile Home Park. The victim said Mendoza got into her car and forced her to drive him to San Mateo where he got out on the 600 block of Concar Drive and ran away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Police responded and searched the area for hours but Mendoza couldn’t be found.

Mendoza was later identified as the suspect and was arrested by the Winnemucca Police Department in Nevada on a warrant for his California crimes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Mendoza is currently being held in county jail without bail.



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