Less than 24 hours after escaping from custody on a car-theft charge, a Northridge woman was arrested Saturday--for allegedly trying to steal a car, authorities said.
Los Angeles police in the northeast San Fernando Valley had arrested Anita Crystal Garcia, 25, on Wednesday on suspicion of car theft, said Sheriff's Deputy Hal Grant.
On Friday, Garcia was arraigned in Van Nuys Municipal Court on the auto theft charge, Grant said. But, as deputies that evening were leading her to a bus outside the courthouse for the ride to Sybil Brand Institute, the downtown women's jail, Garcia bolted from the deputies, scaled a fence and fled to freedom, Grant said.
About 20 hours later, Los Angeles police received a call about an attempted car theft at a car wash at Devonshire Street and Balboa Boulevard in Northridge, Police Officer Michael Hall said.