A suspected carjacker crashed this stolen car into a house on Sixth Street, then fled on foot to the railroad tracks, where he was arrested. Photo: Berkeley Police

Berkeley police have arrested 22-year-old Theodis Evans in connection with the carjacking and crash on Friday that slowed down Amtrak train traffic.

According to police, Evans allegedly commandeered the car of a man parked near the North Berkeley BART station around 12:06 p.m. He allegedly approached a man sitting in his car, punched him, opened the door, and pulled him out of the car, according to Lt. Kevin Schofield.

The suspect then drove north of Sacramento Street. A witness followed Evans and reported his whereabouts to police. Evans allegedly crashed the stolen car through a chain link fence into a home on Sixth and Jones Street. He then fled to the railroad tracks, forcing a moving train to stop. That is where police apprehended him, said Schofield. A police officer suffered minor injuries in the incident but is okay, he said.

Evans is being held in Santa Rita jail and is facing a litany of charges, including carjacking, personal infliction of great bodily harm, and second-degree robbery, among other charges. His bail has been set at $260,000. There will be a hearing to revoke his probation from previous charges on Sept. 27.


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