A 27-year-old man, currently in a Pasadena jail, is accused of attempting to carjack three vehicles near Holliston Avenue and Elizabeth Street in Pasadena.
A Pasadena Police spokesman told the Pasadena Star-News that the alleged carjacking attempts took place at about 5:30pm when the suspect flagged down three different vehicles and tried to steal the cars from the drivers.
"The suspect was yelling at victims to open the doors and give him their cars. The victims had their car doors locked, and when they became aware that they were being the victims of a crime, they sped away," the police spokesman stated.
After two unsuccessful attempts at carjacking vehicles from a 73-year-old woman and a 58-year-old woman, the suspect allegedly flagged down a third vehicle, which was being driven by a 48-year-old man. When the driver realized what was happening, he started to drive away, but the suspect jumped on to the car hood before rolling off into the street.
Pasadena police later located the suspect and arrested him. The police spokesman praised the drivers of all three vehicles, saying they were wise to have been “using safe practices” by driving with their doors locked.
Carjacking is covered under California Penal Code 215 PC and is described as the unlawful taking of someone else’s car by means of fear or force. A suspect can also be convicted for attempted carjacking if his or her intent was to take a vehicle through force or fear.
Depending on a defendant’s past record, being convicted of carjacking can carry a prison sentence of three, four, or six years — and that sentence could be enhanced if the crime was gang-related or if a gun was involved during the commission of the crime.
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