SAN MATEO COUNTY -- A man who embarked on a brazen carjacking spree that started late Wednesday is being sought by multiple law enforcement authorities who believe he stole two cars, ran from police and briefly kidnapped a woman in Half Moon Bay, officials said.

San Mateo County Sheriffs first became aware of the crime when dispatchers received a 911 call about 7 a.m. Thursday from a motorist alarmed by a reckless driver headed west on Highway 92 near Half Moon Bay, sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

Authorities ran a check of the license plate provided for the red 2006 Dodge Charger and discovered the car had been stolen Wednesday night in Oakland.

Within minutes of the report, a sheriff's deputy saw the car pull into a Shell Gas Station at Highway 92 and Main Street in Half Moon Bay, Rosenblatt said. As the driver got out of the car, he spotted the deputy and ran into a cemetery on the north side of Highway 92 before disappearing into the morning darkness.

The deputy sent his K-9 companion into the cemetery, but the dog could not find the suspect, though he tracked the man's scent east of the cemetery to Hilltop Mobile Home Park. As a precautionary measure, nearby Half Moon Bay High School was locked down and neighborhood residents were told to stay inside their homes.


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About 45 minutes later, a woman reported she'd been carjacked in the parking lot of the Hilltop Mobile Home Park. The woman, who was not hurt, told police that a man matching the suspect's description got into her car and forced her to drive to San Mateo, where he got out in the 600 block of Concar Drive and ran away.

An extensive search of the area by San Mateo authorities, including a search of trains and buses in the area, turned up no sign of the man, Rosenblatt said.

The suspect is Hispanic, in his early 20s and , is about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He has dark hair and was wearing all dark clothing at the time of the crime. Detectives are working with the San Mateo County Vehicle Theft Task Force and the San Mateo Police Department to process evidence and follow-up on leads to identify the man.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the carjacking is asked to contact Det. Hector Acosta at 650-363-4064 or hacosta@smcgov.org, or Det., John Sebring at 650-362-4057 or jsebring@smcgov.org. Messages may be left on the anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.