Saturday, April 10, 2021


After evading arrest in June, alleged carjacker behind bars

Andrew Stewart Mcnabb

Andrew Stewart MacNab, the 31-year-old San Jose man suspected of vehicle theft who allegedly led officers on a chase through Williams on June 17, is finally behind bars at the Colusa County Jail.
MacNab was arrested on a warrant in Santa Clara County, and was transferred to the Colusa County Jail on July 13 by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Mark Contreras said that MacNab’s was “strictly a Williams case” and directed any questions to the Williams Police Department. Williams Police Sgt. Daniel Mata said that he had no knowledge of MacNab’s arrest on Friday afternoon. On Monday afternoon, Sgt. Steve Woldanki also said he had yet to hear that MacNab was in custody.
“This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Woldanski said. “We filed for a warrant once he fled from us, and then they probably didn’t notify us that they got him.”
Notwithstanding the lack of communication between the two agencies, MacNab was arraigned on Friday on charges of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, receiving stolen property, evading an officer with willful disregard for safety, theft, second degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglar’s tools, and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a peace officer. He is being held without bail. He was set to appear on Tuesday morning to enter a plea.
MacNab was at large for nearly a month after evading arrest on June 17. Early that morning, at about 1:45 a.m., Williams Police Officer Erik Farias was patrolling the area around North Street and N. Virginia Way when he saw a maroon Toyota Camry leaving the Orv’s Shell Gas Station without its headlights on, officials said.
Farias attempted to stop the car; when it failed to yield, he began pursing the vehicle through residential neighborhoods in the City of Williams and onto Old Highway 99. According to officials, MacNab reached speeds of up to 80 mph during the chase, sped through stop signs, and drove on the wrong side of the road.
The suspect’s car was intentionally crashed into a barrier fence between Old Highway 99 West and Interstate 5, north of Myers Road. Officers were able to arrest the passenger, Allyssandra Rochelle Abarca, 26, who identified MacNab as the driver of the vehicle.
After crashing, MacNab allegedly fled the scene on foot, running across all lanes of Interstate 5 before taking cover in an almond orchard. Officers from the Williams and Colusa Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter around the area. Colusa Police Department’s K9 officer and a CHP helicopter were dispatched to help locate MacNab, but law enforcement’s efforts to track him down on Saturday morning were unsuccessful.
Officers later learned that the vehicle had been stolen in a carjacking in Ceres. Abarca and MacNab were named as suspects in the carjacking by the Ceres Police Department. A license plate stolen from another Toyota was attached to the stolen vehicle. Officers also found a “large amount of stolen property,” burglary tools, and various prescription drugs inside the car, in addition to replica firearms.■

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