Rideshare carjacking suspect arrested

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A man believed to kidnapped a rideshare driver at knifepoint before carjacking her vehicle was arrested by the police. 

According to a press release from the San Mateo Police Department, shortly after 10 p.m., SMPD officers received a report of a hit and run at Cypress Avenue and North Humboldt Street. 

At the scene, they spoke with a rideshare driver who said she had picked up a male passenger in San Jose, and after reaching their destination, the passenger reportedly held a knife to the driver’s stomach and ordered her to continue driving. 

After instructing her to drive northbound on Highway 101, the suspect told her to exit the highway in San Mateo. The driver escaped by jumping out of the car. 

Police say the rideshare driver was unharmed, but two nearby vehicles were damaged. 

While driving to San Mateo, the suspect dialed 911. Police intercepted the call in Mountain View. MVPD was later able to share the number the man used. The caller reportedly said that someone was trying to kill him, but he was laughing during the call. 

The police were led to believe suspect Randy Jay, who fit the description. 

On Monday, an SMPD officer contacted the suspect Jay after he was flagged down by an office. 

According to police, Jay said he was bad and needed to go to jail. He was found in possession of fentanyl. 

Jay told the police he was responsible for the carjacking incident on Sunday. 

Jay was arrested on charges of carjacking, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and exhibiting a deadly weapon. He has since been booked into San Mateo County Jail.