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Carjacking suspect evades twice over weekend

Posted: Monday, Oct 14th, 2013


California Highway Patrol officer Grant Boles prepares a spike strip Saturday at Freedom Boulevard at Valencia Road in hopes of stopping nathan Anderson, a Watsonville man who has been eluding police since Wednesday when he reportedly carjacked a Honda Accord. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)


APTOS — A Watsonville man eluded police in two high speed chases over the weekend in a car he allegedly carjacked Wednesday in Watsonville.

On Saturday around 10:30 a.m. in Aptos a police officer spotted Nathan Jared Anderson, 29, in Capitola driving the black 2011 Honda Accord he allegedly carjacked. When the Capitola Police officer tried to pull Anderson over, he sped off on southbound Highway 1. As other law agencies joined the pursuit Anderson took the Rio Del Mar exit and worked his way onto Huntington Drive and then onto Huntington Court. That’s when police lost his trail.

Meanwhile several California Highway Patrol officers positioned themselves at key intersection aided with spike strips in hopes of bursting the Honda’s tires and ending the pursuit.

Then, about 40 minutes later the Honda emerged on Calabasas Road near Buena Vista Drive. A State Park Ranger saw the Honda, made a U-turn, but was unable to catch up with it and lost the trail.

On Saturday night police tracked Anderson down to a house near Buzzard Lagoon in Corralitos. Anderson reportedly barricaded himself in the home and eventually leapt out a second flood window and escaped on foot.

On Sunday police were summoned to Corralitos where a man with bandaged ankles wearing only a towel commandeered a black Nissan Sentra. As the man sped off a dog in the car bit him before the man got the dog out of the vehicle. Police believe the suspect was Anderson.

Around 1 p.m. Sunday police spotted Anderson driving the Nissan and gave chase in Aptos. The chase wound around Hunting Drive, Valencia Road and Freedom Boulevard before police lost sight of the Nissan.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy Ryan Kennedy said the chain of events started Wednesday night when Anderson allegedly approached a 53-year-old woman who was preparing to get into her running Honda Accord on the 1300 block of Riverside Drive. After shoving the woman to the ground Anderson reportedly jumped into the driver’s seat of the Honda and drove off dragging a partially seated 32-year-old female passenger a short distance before she fell out of the vehicle.

Anderson managed to evade police in a pursuit later that night after police aborted the chase near Buena Vista Drive and southbound Highway 1 in the interest of public safety.

On Friday a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the Honda on Buena Vista Drive with two males aboard. As the deputy turned around to pull the vehicle over the car stopped and let out a passenger before speeding off. When the deputy radioed for back up and tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off and got onto southbound Highway 1 reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. The Honda raced onto the Main Street/Green Valley Road exit, through a red light and south on Main Street. Anderson again ditched police when the pursuit was called off due to safety concerns.

In 2009 Anderson reportedly punched a guard while he was being admitted to Dominican Hospital for unknown medical reasons. He escaped custody briefly before being recaptured.

The Nissan’s license plate that police believe Anderson is driving is 5AYS271.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 471-1121.

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