May 7, 2011 (El Cajon) -- San Diego Sheriff's deputies received a 911 call from a victim of a carjacking around 5:30 last night. The driver had stopped at a stop sign while traveling north on Vista Grande Road in El Cajon, where a man with no shirt, covered in tattoos, asked for a ride to get gas. The victim refused and tried to accelerate away, Sergeant William Hout reports.
The suspect jumped in the vehicle through the open convertible top and placed the victim in a headlock, ordering the driver to stop and surrender his vehicle.
The victim complied, stopped and exited the vehicle. A be-on-the-lookout alert was broadcast to all surrounding agencies. San Diego Police Department’s ABLE was requested to assist. The suspect was observed driving the victim vehicle in Lakeside by a concerned citizen who thought he was driving erratically and was possibly intoxicated. The information on his direction of travel toward Ramona was broadcast to Lakeside and Ramona deputies.
The suspect was observed by Ramona deputies and a traffic pursuit ensued. Ramona deputies lost the vehicle and it was subsequently observed by CHP in Ramona. CHP and ABLE pursued the vehicle south on Highway 67 toward Lakeside. Pursuit speeds ranged from 50 to 70 mph. During the pursuit, the suspect simulated a firearm with his hand and held it to his head.
After several unsuccessful attempts to deploy a spike strip, a successful deployment was made, causing one of the rear tires to deflate. The suspect continued into the City of El Cajon where the vehicle became high centered in the parking lot of Parkway Plaza. The suspect was taken into custody by CHP, Lemon Grove GST and a Santee K9 Unit without incident.
The suspect was later determined to be on parole for assault with a deadly weapon.