May 29, 2015
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An Oakland man suspected of carjacking a white BMW was arrested Thursday following a pursuit in Richmond during which the beamer ended up stuck on a curb of an apartment complex.

William Montjoy, 22, of Oakland, was detained after leading police on pursuits by vehicle and foot starting from Hilltop and ending in South Richmond.

The incident unfolded about 10:30 a.m. when Richmond police dispatchers received calls from Oakland police dispatchers about the carjacking in Oakland. GPS from the BMW helped police track the vehicle to the Hilltop area, where a veteran Richmond cop attempted to stop it. The driver sped off instead, leading police on a brief pursuit on Interstate Highway 80. Officers decided to terminate the pursuit due to the high speed, police said.

Minutes later, a vigilant community member in the Northern District flagged down a cop and informed him that the BMW had headed toward the south side of the city.

Officers followed up and found the carjacked vehicle driving into a parking lot of an apartment complex at S 45th Street and Carlson Boulevard. That’s when things went wrong for Montjoy.

“The suspect attempted to elude capture again, but this time, he made a mess and got the BMW stuck in its tracks, literally,” police said.

Despite fleeing on foot, police converged on the area, found the suspect and detained him.

“We are elated to report that nobody was injured as a result of this event,” police said.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.