Carjacking Suspect Held After 30-Minute Chase

From Times Staff Reports

A carjacking suspect led police on a chase that ended when the 22-year-old suspect crashed in Oxnard and was thrown from the vehicle's window, authorities said Monday.

Newspaper deliveryman Robert Solway of Simi Valley was putting papers in a rack outside a Newbury Park restaurant about 5 a.m. Sunday when a man jumped into his silver Kia Sportage. Solway, 42, confronted the man but was shoved to the ground and his car was taken, sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies spotted the car on the Ventura Freeway near Pleasant Valley Road. The suspect, Albert Castillo of Oxnard, accelerated as the deputies approached, Deputy Terry Hughes said.

The deputies, joined by the California Highway Patrol and Oxnard police, chased Castillo for 30 minutes through Camarillo and Oxnard, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph.

As he sped through Oxnard's La Colonia neighborhood, Castillo spun out of control at Vineyard and Central avenues, Hughes said. The car rolled over three times and ejected him, Hughes said.

Castillo was treated for minor injuries at Ventura County Medical Center and then taken into custody and booked on suspicion of carjacking and felony evading.

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