Arrests made after week-long search for two carjacking suspects

Arrests made after week-long search for two carjacking suspects
Photo: Mark Ashford and James Edward Trujillo
SANTA CLARA COUNTY – The SCCSO announced the arrest of two wanted felons who had been hiding from police fearing arrest. According to Sgt. Richard Glennon, “On October 24, 2018, at approximately 5:30 PM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Mark Ashford and James Edward Trujillo at a residence on Buena Vista Avenue near No Name Uno in Unincorporated Gilroy.”
Ashford was located at his residence after a week-long search. It began as a result of a high-speed chase that gave way to a more sinister motive behind the getaway.

Hiding under wood

The chase ensued after a call came into the Sheriff’s Department reporting a possible carjacking.  Deputies identified Ashford as the person driving a vehicle associated with a prior carjacking.
In addition, they identified Trujillo as a participant with Ashford in a robbery and carjacking that occurred earlier.
Ashford was located by the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and arrested at a residence without incident.  However, Trujillo hid under a makeshift pile of wood to try and go undetected from arresting deputies.  Law enforcement located and arrested Trujillo after a brief standoff, as he hid in the piles of wood.
Arresting officers from the Gilroy Police Department, Morgan Hill Police Department, and the Santa Clara Police Department K9 unit participated in the arrest.
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