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One-Man Crime Spree Leads to 3 Carjackings, 2 Injured Officers in Southern California

One-Man Crime Spree Leads to 3 Carjackings, 2 Injured Officers in Southern California

An Los Angeles Police Department car patrols downtown Los Angeles on Jan 6, 2022. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

City News Service

City News Service

7/19/2023

Updated: 7/19/2023

LOS ANGELES—A man who allegedly stole a vehicle in Ventura County on July 19 and fled into Los Angeles County was eventually boxed in by pursuing officers and arrested after carjacking two other vehicles, leading police on a car chase that led back to Ventura County, topping 100 mph, and causing a crash which injured two officers in Toluca Lake.
It was unclear exactly when and where the series of auto thefts began, but around 11 a.m., a pair of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who were pursuing the suspect were injured in a traffic crash in the 10500 block of Riverside Drive, according to the department.
The officers were both taken to a hospital in unknown condition, while the suspect fled the scene.
Early afternoon on July 19, the suspect was spotted driving a white minivan through the San Fernando Valley, traveling at high speeds on streets and the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway, at times narrowly avoiding collisions with other vehicles.
An officer eventually managed to successfully deploy a spike strip that disabled at least one tire on the van. The suspect pulled over near Tampa Avenue and Rinaldi Street in the Porter Ranch area and carjacked a white BMW sedan that was stopped at a gas station, continuing the chase.
Shortly before 2 p.m., with the BMW also appearing to be disabled, the suspect pulled into another gas station in the Woodland Hills area and stole another white minivan.
The suspect then headed west on the 118 Freeway, again hitting speeds over 100 mph, before reaching the Moorpark 23 Freeway, where he was boxed in by a trio of police cruisers, one of which the suspect struck while driving in reverse in an unsuccessful attempt to escape.
With the vehicle pinned on three sides, the suspect got out of the van and surrendered.
There was no immediate word of any other injuries during the crime spree, other than the officers in Toluca Lake.
The suspect’s name was not immediately available.
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