GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police have identified the suspect in a violent carjacking at Safeway in Grants Pass on Tuesday morning after he crashed trying to outrun California Highway Patrol on I-5 in Siskiyou County.
According to Grants Pass Police, 33-year-old Andrew Paul Soliz Jr. attacked two elderly people in the parking lot of Safeway on SE 7th Street and stole their vehicle around 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
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.
Though Grants Pass Police initially said that Soliz Jr. had been thrown from the vehicle in the crash and was in "serious/criical condition," the agency reported Wednesday that he was released from the hospital later that day and lodged at the Siskiyou County jail. He faces numerous felony charges in California, including a parole violation. Grants Pass Police said that he will also be charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree assault due to the carjacking.