GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The suspect in a violent carjacking outside of Safeway in Grants Pass has been apprehended after a high-speed chase along I-5 in Siskiyou County.
Grants Pass Police said that officers responded shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning to the parking lot of Safeway on SE 7th Street. A woman had reportedly been robbed of her vehicle and then "dragged across the parking lot."
Officers arrived at the scene to find that the woman and her passenger had both received minor injuries when they were pulled from their vehicle by the suspect. The suspect had driven away in the victim's car, a 2008 Hyundai SantaFe.
Information about the stolen vehicle was quickly sent to nearby law enforcement agencies. Investigation of the crime scene soon found that the suspect had been inside Safeway just before the robbery, and his image was captured on security cameras.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Grants Pass Police learned that officers from the California Highway Patrol were in pursuit of the Hyundai southbound on I-5 near Mount Shasta. Minutes later, CHP reported that the suspect had crashed at high speeds south of Dunsmuir.
The suspect was taken into custody, but was reportedly in serious or critical condition after the crash, having been ejected from the vehicle. Grants Pass Police said that the suspect is a 33-year-old Hispanic male, but his identity is being withheld for the time being due to his injuries.
Once released from the hospital, the suspect faces charges of second-degree robbery, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
"The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank all who assisted with the investigation and apprehension. We especially want to thank our community partner Safeway and our professional partner the California Highway Patrol," the agency said in a statement.
Anyone with further information about the robbery investigation is asked to call the Grants Pass Police non-emergency line at 541-450-6260 and reference case #21-39993.