Suspect in Redwood City carjacking arrested at homeless encampment

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A man suspected in a carjacking in Redwood City on Saturday was arrested at a homeless encampment in Menlo Park early the following day, police said.

At about midnight, officers responded to the 1400 block of Marshall Street on a report of a carjacking, police said. A driver had parked his car in front of an apartment building to go inside, leaving a passenger in the vehicle, when the suspect approached with a gun. The passenger was formed from the vehicle and the suspect drove off with the car southbound on Marshall toward Chestnut, police said.

At 2:46 a.m., Menlo Police police officers located the stolen vehicle on Haven Avenue, near the 101 interchange at Marsh Road, and attempted to contact the driver, who fled on foot, police said. Menlo Park and Redwood City police searched a nearby homeless encampment and located the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Gerardo Santana, hiding under a trailer, police said.

Santana, who was positively identified by the victim, was arrested without incident and booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of carjacking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Nick Perna at 650-780-7672, or the Redwood City Police Department’s tip line at 650-780-7110.