Carjacking ends in crash near downtown Fresno

A man accused of carjacking was arrested Wednesday morning after crashing a Toyota Corolla into another car and slamming into a utility pole near downtown Fresno, police said. A woman in the car was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be major injuries.

Sgt. Mark Hudson said the incident began about 11 a.m. in the 1500 block of South Chance Avenue, where Felipe Garcia, 22, took the car at knifepoint from a male driver. Garcia drove off with Kastina Miller, 36, still in the car. The victim then reported to police that his car had been stolen and his passenger kidnapped.

A police volunteer spotted the vehicle near Angus Avenue and Fresno Street, and the suspect crashed the car moments later at Fresno Street and Grant Avenue after turning in front of an oncoming car. The suspect ran from the crash and was arrested hiding under a tarp in the 2300 block of East Grant, still holding the knife used in the carjacking, Hudson said. He left Miller behind, and she was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center.

Police believe Miller and Garcia conspired together to commit a robbery but were not planning on the carjacking. Garcia was found to be a wanted parolee and was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of felony hit and run. Miller was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a robbery.

The two people in the vehicle that was hit were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, and the carjacking victim was not injured.