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UPDATE: More details released in carjacking and kidnapping case; suspect is on parole and considered armed and dangerous

Ryan Joseph Soqui
Ryan Joseph Soqui

Police are looking for a man who carjacked and attempted to kidnap a woman at gunpoint near the Cal Poly campus Wednesday night.

At 8:45 p.m., Yi Tak Choi, 23, was driving her 2000 Audi A6 at Campus Way and Crandall, according to police. When she stopped at a stop sign, a man knocked on her front passenger window and asked for directions.

The man, later identified by police as Ryan Joseph Soqui, 23 of Grover Beach, then opened the unlocked passenger door and got in the car.

Soqui told Choi to drive and asked for her cell phone and purse as he pulled out a semi-automatic style handgun, according to police. Soqui took some cash from Choi's purse as well as a Wells Fargo Bank ATM card.

Soqui then told Choi to get onto Highway 101 and drive south, which she did until exiting at Los Osos Valley Road. There she stopped in a residential neighborhood and the two switched seats.

Soqui then drove back through San Luis Obispo looking for a Wells Fargo Bank, finally stopping at a branch on Foothill Boulevard. He told Choi to withdraw $300 from the ATM.

Once Choi was out of sight, she ran into Nucci's, where she asked for help.

Soqui drove the car out of the area.

At 10:15 p.m., officers from the Grover Beach Police Department and Sheriff's deputies saw the car in the 700 block of South Elm Street.

When they tried to stop the Audi, the driver attempted to speed away but ended up jumping an embankment in front of a home in the area of Dixon Street and Oak Park Boulevard, according to police. A man who had been a passenger in the car tried to run away, but was detained by officers.

The driver was able to run away, and officers and deputies chased after him. Officers from the Arroyo Grande Police Department, who had been called out to help, joined in the foot pursuit.

The suspect ran to the 400 block of Golden West Place, moving from yard to yard, according to police. Residents in the area started calling 911 to report the man as he moved downed the street.

The last place the man was seen was near a vacant residence at the end of the cul-de-sac in the 400 block of Golden West Place.

Thinking the suspect may be hiding inside, officers and deputies surrounded the residence and tried to contact him.

Because the suspect was armed during the carjacking, and because law enforcement wasn't sure if the man was inside, the county's SWAT team was called out.

SWAT team members entered the residence at 3:30 a.m., but the suspect was not found inside.

The man who had been a passenger in the vehicle was released at the end of night.

Soqui is on parole and is considered armed and dangerous.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is handling the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-7867.

-Larissa Doust

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