Arrest Made in Montebello Armed Carjacking

December 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A carjacking in Montebello, in which a shotgun was pointed at the victim, led Wednesday to a vehicle pursuit in Rosemead and the arrest of a Temple City man.

Officers responded about 5:55 a.m. to a report of a carjacking that had just occurred in a residential neighborhood on Germain Drive, according to Montebello police Detective Craig Adams.

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Erik Alvarez, allegedly pointed a shotgun at a motorist and forcibly removed him from his white Ford Edge, Adams said.

Alvarez was tracked to an address in Rosemead, where he was found inside the Ford, Adams said.

“Officers attempted to conduct a high-risk stop, however the suspect failed to yield and a pursuit ensued,” he said.

The suspect drove through Rosemead and onto the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, where he was involved in a non-injury collision, before stopping on Walnut Grove Avenue, according to the detective.

“Evidence connecting the suspect to the carjacking was located at the suspect’s residence,” Adams said.

Alvarez, who was arrested about 10:20 a.m., was booked on suspicion of carjacking, possession of stolen property and felony evading, Adams said.

He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, with an initial court date scheduled for Thursday in downtown Los Angeles, according to sheriff’s inmate records.


Police Fatally Shoot Carjacking Suspect

June 22, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Authorities on Wednesday identified a carjacking suspect who was shot to death at the end of a police chase in South Gate.

David Pacas, 36, died about 8 a.m. Tuesday at the scene of the shooting, near Santa Ana Street and California Avenue, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His hometown was not known.

Police said Pacas had been driving a Honda Pilot SUV that was carjacked earlier Tuesday in the South Los Angeles area.

Officers tried to pull it over, but Pacas kept going and crashed into a woman’s car and several parked vehicles, authorities said. The injured woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

After the crash, Pacas got out of the SUV and ran into an alley, with police in foot pursuit. A confrontation ensued, and police fatally shot him.

There were no reports of any officers being injured.

The shooting scene is on the border between South Gate and Hawaiian Gardens.

Wild Car Chase Ends in Montebello

February 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Police have released the name of a parolee shot by police after a wild chase Monday that began in Boyle Heights and ended on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello as he tried to carjack a second car at gunpoint.

Aaron Lorta, 29, was booked on suspicion of carjacking, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department. Lorta, who’s under a no-bail parole hold, is hospitalized in stable condition and has been speaking to detectives, according to police.

According to NBC4, Lorta has a criminal background that includes convictions for domestic battery, grand theft, carrying a concealed dagger, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted grand theft, auto theft and unlawful taking or driving of a car and attempted robbery.

LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said as many as three LAPD officers may have fired on the suspect when “he exited the vehicle after a number of felonies and attempted to commandeer another vehicle at gunpoint.”

No officers were injured, Preciado said.

The chase began in Boyle Heights as an attempt to intercept a stolen vehicle near the intersection of North Mott and Cincinnati streets around 5:15 p.m. Monday, Preciado said

The chase went through downtown Los Angeles and as far south as Lynwood before ending in Montebello with the suspect running in eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, where he was shot by officers around 6 p.m.

The suspect carjacked a sedan from a 22-year-old woman on Imperial Highway in South Gate after crashing another stolen car during the chase.

“He just came up to me and pointed a gun at me … and told me to get out of my car, and he just took off with it,” the very shaken but otherwise uninjured woman, Elizabeth Yarahuan, told ABC7.

Preciado said Yarahuan did the right thing.

“Any time that you’re confronted with someone that is armed, be it a knife, be it a sharp object or a gun, and they want to take your property, be it a purse or vehicle, it’s not worth losing your life over property,” Preciado said.

A large semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.

Police were investigating whether the suspect had fired at other vehicles during the chase, and whether this had caused any of the reported four collisions that the suspect left in his wake, Preciado said.

Preciado said LAPD officers, as well as their counterparts from Huntington Park, South Gate and Montebello, were trying to establish the extent of injuries from the collisions that occurred during the chase.

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