Two men have been arrested in connection with a carjacking and shooting that injured a teenager on February 2.
Richmond resident and the primary suspect in the carjacking, 29-year-old Marcos Mendoza Alcalde, was arrested as he was leaving his apartment on Feb. 11. An accomplice in the carjacking, 21-year-old Eduardo DeJesus Flores, was arrested on Feb. 3 after a brief vehicle and foot pursuit with Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies.
On Feb. 2 around 11:30 a.m., Mountain View police responded to Bay and Centre streets for a report of a carjacking and shooting. When we arrived, we found a 17-year-old male, who is an employee at America’s Tires, lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Responding officers immediately applied a tourniquet to the teen’s leg, and began to search for the shooter.
In speaking with the victim, we learned that a man, later identified as Alcalde, walked up to him, told him he wanted to take a car that the victim was standing by, and then shot him in the leg.
Alcalde, along with Flores, then stole a blue Subaru sedan and drove away from the area before officers arrived.
The victim was subsequently transported to an area hospital for treatment. He was released a few days later and is home recovering.
No one else was injured in the incident. It appears the vehicle that was stolen, and the victim who was shot, were selected at random.
On Feb. 3, after we sent out notifications to Bay Area agencies to be on the lookout for both the suspects and the vehicle, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen Subaru in Richmond and attempted to conduct a car stop. The driver of the vehicle attempted to escape, but ultimately crashed the car before trying to run away. The driver of the vehicle, Flores, was apprehended by law enforcement and arrested.
Nearly every detective in our department at this point was helping in the investigation to learn the whereabouts of the shooter in this case. Through the course of their investigation, they learned that Alcalde had returned to his home in Richmond. Detectives worked around the clock to ensure they had as much information as possible and also worked with the Richmond Police Department to devise a safe way to apprehend Alcalde.
Around 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Alcalde stepped out of his apartment and got into a ride-share that he had booked. Richmond police pulled the ride-share over and Alcalde was safely and quickly detained by Richmond police.
There are no other outstanding suspects in this case.
Alcalde and Flores were both arrested on charges of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. Alcalde was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.
We want to thank the Richmond Police Department for their incredible assistance in this case, as well as the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. This investigation was constant, with teams working 24 hours a day. Law enforcement is very much a group effort, and knowing that agencies can and will work together to keep communities safe is why we do this job.
While we have arrested Alcalde, there is still much work to be done, and we continue to investigate this incident. We will provide additional updates as we are able.