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DAVENPORT (CBS SF) — A dangerous carjacking suspect terrified guests inside a restaurant in a Santa Cruz County beach town Tuesday afternoon before leading authorities on a high-speed chase that ended with a stolen car going off a cliff.

It was later determined the suspect fired shots inside the restaurant before carjacking a victim and fleeing with authorities in pursuit.

The wild scene unfolded in the beach town of Davenport in Santa Cruz County.

At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Davenport area after a report of a man shooting a gun in the air near Waddell and Scotts Creek.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Roadhouse Restaurant near Highway 1.

A line of sheriff’s patrol vehicles blocked the entrance to the business.

Witnesses said the apparent carjacking happened when a man armed with gun walked inside the restaurant.

“We heard an officer interviewing a lady in the restaurant about her car being stolen at gunpoint and another patron said that guy fired shots into the air,” a witness who gave his name as Brad told KPIX 5.

The suspect fled the scene driving north on Highway 1 and turned around going back down south, leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Deputies found the car driving on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz when they say it went off the road and into the ocean.

Deputies arrested the suspect, but it was unclear whether he was pulled out of the water or if he jumped out before the vehicle went off the cliff.

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Saratoga community briefs for the week of July 17

Cappello resigns

Manny Cappello resigned from the Saratoga City Council July 2 to focus on his new job as associate vice chancellor of governmental relations and public communications for West Valley-Mission College District.

Cappello served on the council for 10 years; he was originally appointed to replace Susie Nagpal, who passed away during her term on the council.

Cappello’s current term ends in December. The remaining council members were set to meet July 15 to decide whether to appoint someone to finish out his term.

Mayor Howard Miller, whose council term also ends this year, will not be seeking re-election. Candidates can file to run for these two council seats July 13-Aug. 6. For more information, email city clerk Debbie Bretschneider at

There are also two vacancies on the Heritage Preservation Commission and one on the Saratoga Planning Commission.

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Drive-thru Resource Fair

The Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council is hosting a Drive-thru Resource Fair July 28. Seniors can drive through the Saratoga Senior Center parking lot, 19655 Allendale Ave., stopping at stations to pick up resources and information from the City of Saratoga, Santa Clara County Fire and the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff.

The fair is set for 9 a.m.-noon. Free bags and boxed lunches will be provided while supplies last.

Doing business in the pandemic

Business owners who have questions about how to operate their business safely during the COVID-19 pandemic can visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s website at

Public Health is also staffing a business call center Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 408-961-5500.




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