Suspect Arrested after Carjacking in the South End

At approximately 3:26 pm officers from District D4 (South End/Back Bay) responded to a radio call for a motor vehicle accident at 58 West Dedham Street. While the officers were en route to the scene a second call was broadcast that a foot chase involving a detail officer, bystanders and a possible suspect was occurring from West Dedham Street towards San Juan Street.  A victim was located near 80 West Dedham Street by responding officers. The victim reported that she was in her car with her doors closed on Waltham Street between Shawmut Avenue and Washington Street and when she leaned towards the passenger seat to arrange some items she heard the drivers door open, at which time the suspect grabbed her forced her into the passenger seat. The suspect then began to drive away, striking another vehicle and continuing onto Waltham Street, Washington Street and then striking a second motor vehicle on West Dedham Street.  The suspect exited the motor vehicle and fled the scene and was apprehended on San Juan Street by a detail officer and a witness.  

Joel Rondo Cartagena, 36, of Woburn will be charged with Kidnapping, Carjacking, Assault and Battery (injuries), and two counts of receiving stolen property.