Antioch Police arrest suspect in Sunday carjacking following pursuit, crash, Wednesday morning

Justin Griffin

Justin Griffin

By Sergeant Wisecarver, Antioch Police Special Operations Unit

On Sunday, February 28, 2016 at approximately 11:30 pm, two female victims were leaving the Antioch Amtrak train station in a car when a male suspect approached the car on foot and opened the driver’s door.  The male suspect dragged the female driver out of the car.  The male suspect was holding a handgun in his hand and ordered the females away from the car.  The male suspect got into the driver’s seat and fled the area in the female’s stolen car.  The two females were not injured during this incident.

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 10:00 am, Antioch Police Department Detectives saw 28 year old Justin Griffin driving a vehicle that had been stolen in an armed carjacking, just days prior. The Antioch Detectives knew that a gun was used in the carjacking and were aware that Griffin had warrants for his arrest and was considered a parolee at large.

The Detectives attempted to use uniformed Patrol Officers to contact and arrest Griffin, however

he fled from the contact and led the Patrol Officers on a short vehicle pursuit. Griffin caused a vehicle collision on Delta Fair Boulevard at Fairview Drive, near Somersville Road. He fled from the collision on foot and was captured in the parking lot of a nearby business. Griffin fought with the arresting officers, but was eventually taken into custody.

Griffin and the driver of the vehicle that he collided with were both evaluated for injuries at a local hospital as a precaution due to the collision. Griffin was released from the hospital and was

eventually transported to the Martinez County Detention Facility.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call

Sgt Wisecarver with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6941.

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