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Turlock police nab carjacking suspect

The Turlock Police Department arrested a man for carjacking and other offenses after he allegedly took the car at gunpoint from a man at a Turlock park.

The suspect was identified as William Castillo, 40. He was booked into Stanislaus County Jail on charges of carjacking, felon in possession of a concealable firearm, resisting, possession of a controlled substance and multiple unrelated felony warrants.

The incident began shortly after 7 p.m. on June 16 when the Turlock Police Department got a call of a carjacking that had just occurred at Broadway Park at 501 N. Broadway.

The victim told the responding officers that he walked up to his vehicle, a green 1999 Ford Explorer, and found a man sitting in the driver’s seat. The victim opened the door to confront the man, who in turn pulled out a gun, according to the police report.

The victim backed away from the vehicle and the suspect took the opportunity to drive away in the Ford. The vehicle was last seen westbound on Park Street.

A description of the vehicle and the suspect was broadcast among officers and a search of the nearby area was conducted, but the suspect was not located.

The Turlock Special Investigations Unit located the vehicle in the 1200 block of Magic Sands Way and attempted to stop the driver. The driver, who was later identified as Castillo, tried to make an escape by running from the officers. A brief foot pursuit ensued and continued until Castillo was located at the nearby Lambert Apartments and taken into custody.

An in-field show up was conducted and the victim positively identified the subject as the responsible in the carjacking, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.