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Carjacking suspect arrested near Facebook Saturday morning

Redwood City police arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of carjacking in the early morning Saturday, July 17, not far from Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park.

Around midnight on Saturday, Redwood City police officers got a report of a carjacking at 1405 Marshall St., according to a July 19 statement.

A driver and passenger were parked in front of the apartment building, police said. When the driver left the car to go into the complex, the passenger was approached by a man with a gun who forced him from the vehicle. The suspect drove off, heading southbound on Marshall Street toward Chestnut Street, according to the statement.

At 2:46 a.m., Menlo Park police officers located the stolen vehicle behind 3698 Haven Ave. When they attempted to contact the driver, he fled on foot, police said. Officers from the Menlo Park and Redwood City police departments searched a homeless camp nearby and located the man hiding under a trailer.

The suspect was identified by the victim and arrested. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of carjacking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone that may have additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Sgt. Nick Perna at 650-780-7672, or the Redwood City Police Department's tipline at 650-780-7110.

Woman sideswiped by car after telling man to leave her property

A Portola Valley woman told police on Monday, July 12, that a man sideswiped her with his car after approaching her about having her driveway repaved.

Around 9:45 a.m. two men in a white Ford Escape approached a resident of the 200 block of Westridge Drive, according to a San Mateo County Sheriff's Office press release. The driver asked the resident if she would be interested in having her driveway repaved and she asked him to leave. She tried to photograph the license plate as they left and the car brushed up against her arm. She was not injured and reported that she doesn't believe that the driver intentionally tried to hit her.

She was concerned that the men were attempting to scam residents in the area by misrepresenting themselves as paving contractors.

The resident described the driver as a white man with an Irish accent in his 20s or 30s.

Such scams are becoming more commonplace and residents should be alert for anyone who approaches them for such purposes, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Residents can contact the town of Portola Valley at 650-851-1700 or the Sheriff's Office at 650-363-4911. Anyone who has information regarding this incident may call the Sheriff's Office anonymous tipline at 1-800-547-2700.

—Angela Swartz

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