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Police Arrest Pair Of Carjacking Suspects
Riverbank Police have arrested two carjacking suspects in connection with an incident that occurred Dec. 19 on Morrill Avenue. The victim told deputies that a female and male suspect had stolen his car at gunpoint, later released him and then fired at him as he pursued them in another car.

Amy Lynn McCurdy, also known as Mya Lynn McCurdy, 21, of rural Escalon, was arrested at the Modesto Greyhound bus station on Feb. 5. She is charged with several felonies including kidnapping for carjacking, conspiracy and robbery. Her bail is set at over $1 million and she is still in custody, said Riverbank Police Chief Tim Beck.

The male suspect, Juan Avina, 24, whom police say is a Riverbank transient and familiar to the police, was caught in a foot chase in Riverbank following another carjacking on Feb. 8. Avina was booked on several felonies including kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking, robbery, unlawful discharge of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Avina's bail was also set at over $1 million.

Kidnapping for carjacking carries a potential life term in prison.

Deputies investigating the Dec. 19 Morrill Avenue carjacking identified McCurdy and Avina as suspects and received information on Feb. 5 that McCurdy was preparing to board a Modesto Greyhound bus en route to Missouri. Sheriff's detectives assisted Riverbank deputies in staking out the Greyhound bus station where they found McCurdy waiting for her bus to depart.

"McCurdy knew she was wanted and was trying to get out of the state to avoid going to jail," said Beck.

McCurdy was arrested and taken to Riverbank Police Services where she spoke with detectives. She was later booked at the Public Safety Center for several felonies.