A carjacking and homicide suspect arrested in Greenbrae was on suicide watch Thursday at the Marin County Jail and could not be brought to court for his arraignment.
Jeffrey Griffin Boyce, an Oregon resident, was scheduled to make his initial appearance Thursday morning in Marin Superior Court, but Judge James Chou delayed the hearing until Friday, saying Boyce was being kept in a "safety cell."
The safety cell at the jail, reserved for inmates who might harm themselves or someone else, has padded walls and flooring, no bed and no sheets.
Boyce, 30, is facing a potential life sentence with the possibility of parole on charges stemming from a pair of armed confrontations in Marin and Sonoma counties Monday.
Boyce allegedly carjacked a man in Rohnert Park and briefly held him captive and tried to carjack a Mill Valley woman at the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae. He was arrested after he was found pounding on the door of a home near Bon Air.
His mother told authorities that he was bipolar and having a psychotic episode, and that he was driving to San Francisco to seek asylum at the Russian consulate, police said. Guns and ammunition were found in both the truck he drove to Rohnert Park and the car he allegedly stole there and drove to Greenbrae. Boyce is being represented by the Marin County Public Defender's Office.
Boyce is also suspected of killing a woman about 20 miles from his home in North Bend, Ore. On
Thursday, authorities confirmed that the victim was Kirsten Elaine Englund, 57, of Castro Valley.
Oregon police did not release additional details about the ongoing homicide investigation. Englund's body was found Sunday morning at Wayfinding Point, an ocean vista with a lighthouse off Highway 101 near Reedsport.
A statement from Englund's family, released by the Oregon State Police, said she was a retired corporate auditor who had worked for KPMG in Houston and then at Mervyns headquarters in Hayward.
Englund was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master's degree in business administration at San Francisco State University.
She was also treasurer of the Creekside Middle School Parent Teacher Association and served on the board of the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.
Englund is survived by two sons, a stepdaughter and a large extended family.
"Kirsten's family is devastated by the heinous, cowardly, and senseless crime that took her life," the family said. "We cannot begin to describe the deep void that we will have without her."
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