Carjacker Leads Law Enforcement, Including Helicopter, on Crazy Pursuit Near Hopland; Suspected Accomplice Arrested
This is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
A carjacking occurred in the parking lot of Retech Systems at 1:30 pm, in which a Ford F-250 pickup was taken. The owner of the vehicle, who had jumped on the running board of the truck to try to stop the thief, was thrown from the vehicle but not injured. The vehicle was located traveling through Hopland by CHP units, and it fled south to Cloverdale, where pursuing units lost sight of the vehicle.
The vehicle was later located by [Mendocino County Sheriff deputies], again near Hopland, and the vehicle again fled south on U.S. 101. The subject drove the vehicle into wooded terrain, and fled the area on foot.
Despite an area search by CHP and MCSO personnel, as well as CHP aircraft, the suspect was not located. A second vehicle, a grey Chevy Camaro which was driven by an accomplice, was located in Hopland. The driver of the Camaro ([Margarita] Sobalvarro) was located by MCSO personnel in the town of Hopland, and subsequently arrested by the CHP. She was booked into Mendocino County jail on multiple felony charges.
Inside the Camaro CHP officers located two loaded handguns, one of which has been reported stolen. The stolen pickup was returned to the carjacking victim. Anyone with knowledge of the identity or wherabouts of the carjacking suspect is asked to call Ukiah CHP.