Street justice: Carjacking suspect gets confronted by victims, beat up until the San Diego police arrive on scene

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SAN DIEGO, CA – According to reports, victims of a carjacking confront their assailant in downtown San Diego and beat him until police arrived on scene.

The incident took place early morning on Wednesday, July 6th when San Diego officers found a man hiding behind a parked car after reports of an attempted car theft in the 800 block of 10th Avenue, near E Street.

When officers approached the suspect, he ran into the driver’s seat of another vehicle and the owner of that vehicle and another man rushed the car and began striking the suspect. Police removed the suspect from the vehicle and detained him.

Another man, identified as Arthur Calvin, said that the suspect attempted to take his vehicle just moments before the confrontation. Calvin added:

“He tried to jump in my car and fight with me at the same time. I had to pull over. Oh man, it was a trip.”

After the suspect was arrested, police found and seized drugs and paraphernalia. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he was assessed by medical staff.

In a separate incident, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is actively investigating a collision in which a driver struck a police vehicle in Bankers Hill on the morning of Tuesday, July 5th, and fled the scene. SDPD officials said that a department vehicle was in the 2100 block of Front Street at around 3:45 a.m. when it was hit by a car.

After the collision, the car continued to drive on and after about four blocks of following, SDPD pulled the car over. Officers detained both the driver and the passengers for questioning. The driver was later evaluated for a possible DUI. No injuries were reported.

In Philadelphia, a carjacking victim shot at the masked suspects as they were driving away with the car. The incident happened just after midnight on Wednesday, July 6th, on Harbison Avenue and Comly Street.

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According to police, the two armed and masked attackers approached the two victims and demanded their vehicle. As the suspects drove off in the stolen Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, one of the victims opened fire at them, shooting five times.

As of this writing, police still do not know if the carjackers were injured in their escape and no further details have been released.

An El Paso man has also been arrested for a carjacking that took place outside of a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Centra area. The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Samson Conan Vaughn, was arrested on Friday, July 1st, on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

On June 19th, Vaughn allegedly pointed a weapon at a driver sitting in a parker car outside a 7-Eleven and forced the man to drive him to the Lower Valley, where Vaughn then took the vehicle. The type of weapon used in the incident has not been disclosed by authorities.

An investigation began after officers responded to a call from the victim, who was at a Speedway gas station at 7301 N. Loop Drive at Hawkins Boulevard near the El Paso Community College Valle Verde campus.

Vaughn was arrested weeks later when he was located by police in the 3900 block of Dyer Street near Jefferson Avenue in the Lower Dyer section of Central El Paso. Vaughn is being held at the El Paso County Jail Annex on bonds of $250,000 on the aggravated kidnapping charge and $150,000 on the aggravated robbery charge.

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Report: Las Vegas carjacking suspect released without bail – goes on to to commit three more crimes hours later

April 2nd, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NV- According to records obtained by the 8 News Now I-Team, a man suspected of a carjacking in Summerlin was arrested and released from jail on another charge before committing three more carjackings.

The suspect, 18-year-old Bryan Munoz, faces three counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one charge of attempted robbery. These charges are in addition to other charges in connection with an incident between carjackings he is suspected of committing.

According to court records, the first incident was reported to police on March 4th. A man was reportedly sitting in his car around 3:30 p.m. bear the H&M at Downtown Summerlin when the alleged suspect, Munoz, opened the car door, “racked the slide of” a gun and told the man to get out.

The suspect drove off with the car and the owner of the car called the police to report what had happened. The man described the suspect as wearing a baseball hat and mask.

Police later found the car at a Family Dollar store on Lake Mead Boulevard near Torrey Pines Drive. Video surveillance in the area shows the suspect climbing a fence in the area. The next incident occurred on March 12th.

During this incident, a person who had just parked near Maggiano’s at Downtown Summerlin was walking away from his car when the suspect allegedly approached him and demanded his keys. The suspect also allegedly showed a gun when demanding the keys.

Police said that the suspect was unable to drive the car, but still ran off with the keys. Later that same day, a man was standing outside of his car in a shopping plaza on West Charleston near Town Center when the suspect, armed with a gun, approached him.

Police said that the suspect drove the car about 30 feet before getting out “because he was unable to disengage the emergency brake.”

Roughly five minutes later, a woman, who had just finished shopping at the Albertson’s in the area, was approached by a man who knocked on her window, opened the door, and said “he needed her car.”

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Police said that the woman refused to get out of her car and the suspect fled. In all four events, the man wore the same hat and same clothing.

Detectives later learned that the alleged suspect, Munoz, had been arrested on March 9th for auto burglary. Body camera footage from that arrested matching the clothing worn by the suspect in the surveillance from the other carjackings.

Court records show that Munoz appeared in court on March 10th on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle, assault with the use of a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Instead of keeping the suspect locked up, Judge Elena Graham released him without bail and verbally ordered him to “stay out of trouble.”

On Friday, March 25th, detectives took Munoz into custody where police said he admitted to committing all four carjackings. Police said:

“Munoz advised he just needed a ride and was not planning on hurting anyone.”

Munoz was then booked at the Clark County Detention Center and as of Tuesday, March 29th, he was being held on a $110,000 bail.

According to a report from the Las Vegas Review Journal, stolen vehicle cases in Las Vegas continue to rise in 2022 after a nearly 22 percent jump in 2021. In 2021, the number of stolen vehicles reported rose to 8,723 from 7,168 in 2020.

As of the second week in March, the Metropolitan Police Department had a 12 percent increase in stolen vehicle reports compared to the same time last year. Deputy Chief Jim Seebock said:

“It is concerning for us. One of the biggest concerns is the impact on the victims because the targeted cars, the cost of them to replace, it’s significant and life changing. It is not lost on us. We take it very seriously.”

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St. Louis top prosecutor declines charges against armed suspect’s attempted carjacking of marked police SUV

March 23rd, 2022

ST.LOUIS, MO- According to a report from Fox News, prosecutors in St. Louis have declined to file charges against a man who allegedly attempted to carjack a marked police SUV while two officers were sitting inside.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) sought charges of first-degree robbery, armed criminal action, and resisting arrest against a 27-year-old suspect who is being accused of carrying out the alleged carjacking.

However, a Evita Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the police, announced that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s has refused to file the charges. Caldwell referred all additional questions to the circuit attorney’s office.

Allison Hawk, a spokeswoman for the circuit attorney’s office, stated that the case was “still under investigation,” but still declined answering why charges were not yet filed.

According to authorities, officers responded to report of shots fired around 3 a.m. on the morning of March 19th in the city. The officers in the marked police SUV said that a man stepped in front of their car as it was moving and then the man stood next to the passenger’s window while pointing a gun at the officers. SLMPD said:

“The officers were able to maneuver out of harm’s way while the suspect simultaneously discovered he was attempting to carjack a fully marked police car.”

According to the officers, once the man realized it was a police vehicle, he ran off. The two officers then called dispatch and provided a description of the man. The suspect was apprehended in the in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant.

Police stated that no one was injured during the initial incident or the apprehension of the 27-year-old suspect.

During a subsequent search, police found that the man was carrying a gun. The suspect, who has not been named as if this writing, is reportedly facing other previous charges in the St. Louis area, including domestic assault, violating an order of protection, and first-degree property damage.

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According to the Dailymail.com, under the leadership of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, her office has only prosecuted 1,500 of the 7,000 felony cases in the city’s police department in 2019. Numbers for her full term are not available.

St. Louis has seen crime rates remain static over the past year after a huge rise in violence in 2020 when the city’s homicide rate increased by nearly 30 percent, giving the city America’s highest murder rate per capita.

So far, in 2022, there have been 58 robberies, 11 murders, 218 aggravated assaults, and 267 motor vehicle thefts. St. Louis resident Curtis Tisdale told Fox 2 Now:

“That’s goofy. You’re trying to jack the people who are trying to protect us. Go to church, pray. Get off the streets.”

According to the New York Post, Gardner is under investigation for misconduct. There has been more than a 100 percent turnover rate in that office. She reportedly sued the St. Louis police department for racism, but the case was promptly dismissed.

Gardner also previously admitted to campaign finance law violations. In January, a prosecutor in her office assigned to a homicide case went out on maternity leave and Gardner failed to appoint another individuals to handle the case, which led to multiple failures to appear for hearings related to the case and the ultimate dismissal of the homicide charges.

The judge on the case said that Gardner’s office “essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes.” The prosecutor who was on leave quit in disgust.

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Far left LA District Attorney, contributing to skyrocketing crime and facing new recall, suddenly tough on crime?

February 23rd, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA – In 2020, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon entered office and immediately banned any of his prosecutors from seeking prosecution of any juvenile as an adult or argue for life sentences without parole.

Now, almost two years into his term and facing a second recall effort, he has issued a memo that authorizes a committee to evaluate harsher sentences when necessary.

On February 18th, Gascon issued two memos to his staff in which he announced the formation of committees to determine if a harsher sentence should be sought against criminals.

Gascon said that there could be “rare” occasions where it would be appropriate to charge juveniles as adults and sentences which would include life in prison without parole.

Gascon’s committee, aptly named the “Alternate Charging Evaluation Committee,” is tasked with reviewing cases that appear to warrant harsher penalties.

The committee will be comprised of the prosecutor assigned the case, the head deputy, and the bureau director who must all agree that a harsher penalty is appropriate before proceeding with the case.

In the memo, Gascon said that approval for seeking harsher penalties will:

“Only be granted in extraordinary situations where it is abundantly clear that the defendant is beyond any means of rehabilitation and the crime perpetrated is deserving of extreme penalty.

Juveniles who have allegedly committed crimes that may warrant, in his opinion, being tried as an adult would go in front of the Juvenile Alternative Charging Committee.

This committee would be comprised of the prosecutor assigned the case, deputy-in-charge, assistant head deputy, and the head of the Juvenile Division. All must agree that the circumstances of the case warrant the juvenile to be tried as an adult before the case goes forward.

Gascon wrote:

“In exceptional circumstances, criminal jurisdiction may be appropriate for youth offenders where it is abundantly clear the minor poses a danger to the public and has serious difficulty controlling their dangerous behavior in line with the evaluation for extended Secure Youth Treatment Facility detention.”

Gascon’s change of direction comes after law enforcement leaders and prosecutors have come out publicly and criticized how he prosecutes cases.

Leaders like Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva deferred prosecution of alleged cop killers to the federal authorities because he had no faith that Gascon would prosecute the case properly.

Gascon has also been the subject of a lawsuit, brought by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for L.A. County, who challenged his policies, specifically in homicide cases, in which he requires prosecutors to seek dismissal of certain special circumstances.

Those special circumstances could be that the alleged criminal may be a documented gang member or convicted felon which would elevate the charges they face in court.

Gascon lost the case when the judge ruled in favor of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for L.A. County, however, a hold on the ruling has been ordered as he is appealing the decision. That pending appeal is set to go to trial in April.

A spokesman for Gascon, Alex Bastian, discussed the memos issued by the District Attorney and the official reasoning behind them:

“The district attorney is firmly committed to his principles. One of these underlying principles is to constantly refine what we are doing so that we can continue to enhance public safety in a thoughtful manner.

“This is what the D.A. has always done, and what he will continue to do. We are now more than a year into his term, he has listened to community members, victims, and colleagues. Based on everything we have learned we are rolling out these policy adjustments.”

Gascon’s evolution comes amid his second recall effort which is why Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami believes that is why Gascon is changing course. He said:

“We are supposed to believe that he has suddenly changed his entire belief system overnight? He is a politician, and he believes he will be recalled and lose his job. Don’t be fooled, Los Angeles.”

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LA Sheriff asks feds to prosecute gang members who killed cop because DA is far too lenient

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles County Sheriff is formally requesting federal authorities take over prosecution for the murder of an off-duty Los Angeles Police officer.

The Sheriff has made the request because he fears that the Los Angeles District Attorney is too lenient.

 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, announced the four people who have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the murder of off-duty LAPD Officer Fernando Arroyos have been referred to federal prosecutors.

Sheriff Villanueva said the move was because he felt the response from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office was “not satisfactory.” He added to the Los Angeles Times that the response from the DA “really did not cover the depravity of this crime.”

Sheriff Villanueva noted the four people who have been taken into custody, Luis Alfredo De La Rosa Rios, Ernesto Cisneros, Jesse Contreras, and Haylee Marie Grisham are all suspected gang members and as such should have some type of criminal enhancements.

However, it appears the District Attorney has no intention of filing any type of criminal enhancements in the murder case.

The Sheriff said:

“I believe their plan was to just prosecute a simple murder with no gun enhancements, no gang enhancements, nothing.

And that really did not cover the depravity of this crime…It should be noted that the California penal code does cover all these things.

The tools are there but we need to have someone who’s willing to use them.”

 

Sheriff Villanueva spoke to Fox News in December of 2021 regarding the lack of prosecution coming from LA District Attorney George Gascon’s office.

He told them that he felt the DA’s office was “careless and irresponsible” in terms of prosecuting criminal cases.

Based on Sheriff Villanueva’s comments, it appears that he has little faith that Gascon’s office would prosecute the case properly. He said:

“What we need now is, we need responsible district attorneys who are going to file their cases.

And if they want to play the role of public defender, they should just quit their job and go over to the public defenders…everything they say makes perfect sense for a public defender, not a district attorney.”

Fox News spoke to Alex Bastian who is a Special Advisor to District Attorney George Gascon about the Sheriff’s comments in relation to the murder case.

According to him, the District Attorney’s Office is claiming they never reviewed the case.

He said:

“We support the federal authorities taking the case and will be in communication with all the parties involved…It was indicated to us that the case was referred to the federal authorities, who filed charges. As such, we did not have an opportunity to review the case.”

LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore expressed that he was notified the case had been referred to federal authorities and is grateful. He said:

“It is appropriate [for federal prosecution]. I am thankful for the U.S. attorney stepping in and bringing the full weight of the government against this gang, against these individuals.”

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California did accept the case for federal prosecution.

They announced that the criminal complaint was filed against the four people for the alleged involvement in the murder of Officer Arroyos. Their statement said, in part:

“The complaint charges the four defendants with violent crime in aid of racketeering (VICAR), whereby the defendants, as consideration for the receipt of anything of value of the Florencia 13 (F13) gang, and to increase and maintain position within F13, murdered Arroyos.

F13 is a large, multi-generational street gang that previously has been the subject of federal prosecutions, including two large racketeering cases…The VICAR charge carries a potential death penalty – and minimum sentence of life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.”

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