Millbrae carjacking suspect arrested, along with alleged accomplice

The man wanted for a carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon in an incident earlier this month in Millbrae was arrested Monday, and so was an accomplice who allegedly harbored him, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Antonio Ambriz, 30, of San Francisco, was arrested on Monday after police pulled over a dark-colored Ford Explorer in the 1400 block of Madera Way about 8:46 p.m. after the vehicle had reportedly ran a stop sign and was speeding, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said in a statement Tuesday.

After pulling over the vehicle, which was driven by a man identified as Leo Soto, 38, of Millbrae, deputies noticed that Soto appeared nervous and evasive, Rosenblatt said. A search of the interior of the vehicle found that Ambriz had been hiding himself under a pile of clothes in the back seat.

Ambriz reportedly resisted arrest and officers had to use a Taser to subdue him, Rosenblatt said. Ambriz was searched and he was found to be in possession methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Ambriz was booked into County Jail on one felony conspiracy charge, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Soto was booked into County Jail on felony accessory and felony conspiracy charges.

Ambriz was originally wanted by the Sheriff's Office for an incident that occurred on April 17.

In that incident, a 64-year-old man had left his car running in his driveway near the intersection of South Ashton and Millbrae avenues while he went back inside his residence to retrieve something he had forgotten.

While inside, he heard his car door slam shut and went out and saw what the Sheriff's Office said was Ambriz behind the wheel of his 1991 white Acura Legend. Ambriz then allegedly struck the victim and ran him over with his own car and fled the scene. The victim was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The Sheriff's Office then sent out a warrant for Ambriz for carjacking and assault with a deadly weapon.

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