Rohnert Park man held captive briefly by carjacker
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:54 a.m.
A 64-year-old Rohnert Park man was taken on a short yet terrifying ride Monday after a man rapped on his car window with a semi-automatic pistol, Rohnert Park police said.
Police would soon learn that Jeffrey Boyce, 30, a resident of Oregon, was armed, mentally ill and heading down the coast toward San Francisco, Sgt. Aaron Johnson said.
But he was wasn't known to authorities at 4:20 p.m. when he followed the resident who walked out of the UPS Store on Golf Course Drive and got into his 2000 BMW station wagon, Johnson said.
Boyce pounded the window with the pistol and told the man to get out of the car, Johnson said. Boyce eventually ordered the man to drive him to St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church nearby on Snyder Lane, however no one was at the church, police said.
Boyce demanded the man drive him back to the Golf Course Drive shopping plaza, where his pickup was parked, Johnson said. He threatened to hurt the man as he took several rifles from the rear of the pickup and loaded them into the BMW, police said.
Boyce allegedly then drove away in the BMW, leaving the man behind.
As the man called 911, Rohnert Park police received an alert from San Francisco about Boyce sent to Northern California agencies.
"His mother called the San Francisco Police Department and said he was on his way to the Russian consulate to seek asylum, and the mother said she was worried, he's mentally ill," Johnson said.
Boyce's mother told police her son has a concealed weapons permit and several firearms.
Johnson said they quickly linked Boyce to the kidnapping and carjacking.
Officers flooded the street.
"We get a report of a heavily armed man in our town that is in the middle of a public shopping center taking people at gunpoint," Johnson said. "All of our attention is centered on finding the vehicle and using all the investigative tools we can to find him."
Police found more than 200 rounds of 7.62 mm assault-rifle-style bullets and six 30-round magazines in the pickup Boyce left behind, Johnson said.
Boyce headed south into Marin County where he reportedly threatened a woman in a pickup with an assault-style rifle just before 7 p.m. at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae, Johnson said.
The woman ran and officers arrested Boyce after a short foot pursuit. It was his 30th birthday.
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