Posted by on October 24, 2017 2:11 pm
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(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – A convicted car thief has been charged with murder for allegedly
carjacking a man’s pickup truck in San Lorenzo in unincorporated Alameda
County on Thursday morning and then running over the victim and killing him,
prosecutors said.

Victor Martinez Alvarez, 42, is scheduled to be arraigned on the
murder charge in Alameda County Superior Court in Dublin at 2 p.m. today. He
also faces two counts of carjacking and one count of evading an officer,
causing injury.

Prosecutors also allege that in separate cases in 2015, Alvarez
was convicted of unlawfully taking a vehicle and of evading an officer.

Alameda County sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Paxton wrote in a
probable cause statement that James Figueroa, 46, started his 2008 GMC Sierra
pickup truck to warm it up outside his home in the 15000 block of Via Del Sol
at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday and then returned to his home to retrieve some
personal items.

When Figueroa returned to his vehicle, a suspect, later identified
as Alvarez, was in the driver’s seat so Figueroa tried to stop Alvarez but
was thrown to the ground and Alvarez ran him over with Figueroa’s own truck,
Paxton wrote.

Figueroa was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley but
died there later that day, authorities said.

Paxton wrote that Alvarez drove away from the scene in the truck
and was followed by an accomplice who was driving a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup
truck that had been stolen out of San Leandro earlier on Thursday morning.

Figueroa’s cellphone was still inside his pickup and investigators
obtained a search warrant so that they could track his phone via cellphone
pings.

At 3:23 p.m. Thursday, investigators began receiving ping data
indicating that Figueroa’s cellphone was in the vicinity of the 8900 block of
Holly Street in East Oakland, according to Paxton.

At 5:08 p.m. Thursday, investigators received more cellphone data
indicating that Alvarez was near 102nd Avenue in East Oakland in the 2003 GMC
Sierra pickup so they tried to stop the vehicle, Paxton wrote.

But Alvarez failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated, during
which his alleged accomplice bailed from the pickup and was detained by
deputies and arrested on unrelated stolen vehicle offenses, sheriff’s
officials said.

Alvarez kept driving and crashed into a pole at 92nd Avenue and
San Leandro Street, where he got out and tried to carjack another person
before he finally was arrested by deputies and Oakland police, Paxton wrote.

Alvarez suffered minor injuries and was treated at Eden Medical
Center before he was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin to be booked,
authorities said.

Figueroa’s pickup truck was later recovered intact in East
Oakland, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

On Saturday morning, investigators searched the stolen 2003 GMC
Sierra and found Figueroa’s cellphone, car keys and other items that belonged
to him, Paxton wrote.

When investigators interviewed Alvarez on Saturday he admitted to
finding Figueroa’s pickup truck unattended and still running and that he
stole it and ultimately ran over Figueroa, Paxton wrote.