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Novato Police, CA
Tuesday November 15th, 2022 :: 06:52 p.m. PST


Man Barricaded in Stolen Vehicle Arrested

On November 15, 2022, around 2:00pm, Officers were dispatched to the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, on the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle and initiated a “high risk” traffic stop in the Cambridge Street area. “High-risk” traffic stops are typically initiated when a vehicle is reported as stolen or when the stop may pose a significant risk to the officers or community when dealing with the occupants of a vehicle.

The man driving failed to obey officer commands to stop his vehicle and proceeded to drive around traffic in an unsafe manner. When the driver finally stopped to pull over, he did not exit the vehicle and proceeded to barricade himself inside.

Once officers realized the man was not going to exit the vehicle willingly, the Novato/San Rafael regional Crisis Negotiation Team was deployed along with the Armored Response Vehicle to assist with negotiations. At the time, it was not known if the driver was armed with a weapon. After several hours of negotiation efforts, the suspect exited the vehicle and was safety taken in custody.  The driver was identified as 35-year-old, Jaris Wilcox.

Officers are trained in negotiation tactics. By using their de-escalation skill and other tools, a safe resolution was reached. No officers, community members, or the suspect were injured during this incident.

Wilcox was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

We would like to thank our partners at the San Rafael Police Department and the Novato Fire Protection District for their assistance with this incident. We would also like to thank the community for their patience while Novato Police and the Crisis Negotiation Team safely took the suspect into custody.  

This is a great reminder to call NPD if you see something suspicious and provide as much information as possible. Helpful information to include: what happened, where did it happen, suspect description, mode of transportation, license plate number, or direction of travel.

If you have any additional information related to this specific case, or if you would like to report a non-emergency incident, please call the Novato Police Department at 415-897-4361. In an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.

Novato Police, CA
909 Machin Ave
Novato, CA 94945

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 415-897-4361

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