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October 17, 1993
Re "Tough New Law on Carjacking," (Oct. 1): Did I miss something or wasn't it always illegal to murder someone and steal their car? NORA BARSUK Glendale
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April 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather
April Fools? San Bernardino County deputies aren't laughing. Three men were arrested Tuesday after authorities allege they staged a carjacking at a Hesperia In-N-Out, apparently in an effort to play a prank on their friend. The joke gone wrong began shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, when a man standing inside the Bear Valley Road restaurant spotted his car speeding out of the parking lot, said Hesperia Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Susan Rose.  The man ran outside and found his friend on the ground, Rose said.
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January 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A suspect who shot at and carjacked multiple vehicles Thursday night in Fresno, killing one driver, collapsed and died after crashing an SUV he stole into a ditch, police said. The deadly carjacking and shooting spree unfolded about 5:45 p.m. when two cars crashed at an intersection in central Fresno. The shooter got out of his car, leaving behind two passengers, and then forced his way into a passing car driven by a woman, the Fresno Bee reported . The man, who was not immediately identified, then forced the woman to drive him to a liquor store and ordered her to wait while he went inside.
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March 4, 2014 | By KTLA
Police are searching for a carjacker who ordered a man and his 7-year-old daughter into their truck at gunpoint outside a library in Pacoima on Monday, and then forced them to withdraw cash from an ATM before ditching them at a freeway interchange. The incident unfolded at about 3 p.m. when the man approached the father and daughter as they were walking into the library at Haddon Avenue and Van Nuys Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police Sgt. Charles Coleman. The carjacker pulled out a gun and ordered them to get back into their Toyota Tundra and drive to another city, where they were forced to withdraw money from an ATM, Coleman told KTLA-TV . The carjacker then dropped the man and his daughter off at the interchange between the 5 and 14 freeways.
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August 19, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer who was in Las Vegas over the weekend for his bachelor party was killed during a high-speed carjacking on the Strip, authorities said Monday. Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr., 33, of Visalia was loading luggage Sunday into the back of his 2009 Nissan pickup with his brother-in-law Felix Brandon Cruz outside the Flamingo hotel when a thief jumped into the truck and got behind the wheel. The carjacker then sped off, as Magdaleno jumped into the bed of the truck to join Cruz, 31. Magdaleno was thrown from the truck after the driver struck another vehicle a mile away.
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May 9, 1993
I fail to understand why Leshawn Cummings will not be tried for carjacking with a minimum 15-year prison sentence ("Manslaughter Charges Filed in Carjacking," April 24). I have a problem with the prosecutors' statement that "there is no evidence Cummings was intending to commit a carjacking." What constitutes a carjacking if not the fact that Cummings jumped in the truck and drove off? What good is our "tough" carjacking law if prosecutors are allowed to render it ineffective? PAT BARLOG Granada Hills
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February 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday after a man forced his way into a red Infiniti in the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway and ordered a man to drive away. A girl was reportedly seen in the rear seat. Police said the incident took place about 12:50 p.m. in the 4100 block of Redwood Road. The victims are an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl. The kidnapper is described as a black man in his 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, and wearing a green shirt, blue jacket and blue jeans.  Residents and recipients of the Amber Alert have been told to be on the lookout for a red 2001 Infiniti SUV with California license plate 6JFM648.
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February 25, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Eleven Los Angeles police officers fired more than 60 shots, police sources said Friday, in the fatal wounding of an armed carjacking suspect in Koreatown at the end of a televised slow-speed pursuit. Authorities said police fired Thursday night after the suspect pointed his handgun at customers at a gas station, endangering people there. "When he pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store, the officers took action, fired their rounds, and the suspect expired at the scene," Cmdr.
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May 13, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER
Police are investigating a possible connection between a carjacking that ended in Placentia on Monday and a shootout in Anaheim the day before that left one man dead and two others injured, according to investigators. One of two carjacking suspects matches the description of the gunman in the Anaheim slaying, said Lt. John Haradon of the Anaheim Police Department.
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April 10, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A minivan apparently stolen in a carjacking that left a man dead at a Panorama City carwash over the weekend was recovered Tuesday morning, police said. Juan Pablo Mendez, 63, of Van Nuys, died Sunday after he was found beaten and unconscious near the 14500 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Lt. Joe Eddy said. Mendez's red 1995 Mercury Villager was found near the carwash. "We're in the process of examining the van for evidence," Eddy said. No arrests have been made, he said.
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February 12, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- The California Highway Patrol late Wednesday afternoon canceled an Amber Alert after Oakland police determined the suspect in the alleged carjacking and kidnapping knew the purported victims. They also learned the girl in the car, who earlier was described as a 13-year-old, is an adult and was not taken against her will. Authorities earlier identified Roy McCamey, a 54-year-old African American man, as a person of interest in connection with the incident, which occurred at an Oakland Safeway in the 4100 block of Redwood Road about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.
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February 12, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Oakland authorities said they are searching for a carjacked red sedan in connection with the kidnapping of an elderly man and 13-year-old girl Tuesday that set off an Amber Alert. Officials had initially said they were looking for a red Infiniti SUV. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said authorities had tracked the SUV to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched. "It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.
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February 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND -- An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday after a man forced his way into a red Infiniti in the parking lot of an Oakland Safeway and ordered a man to drive away. A girl was reportedly seen in the rear seat. Police said the incident took place about 12:50 p.m. in the 4100 block of Redwood Road. The victims are an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl. The kidnapper is described as a black man in his 40s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 165 pounds, and wearing a green shirt, blue jacket and blue jeans.  Residents and recipients of the Amber Alert have been told to be on the lookout for a red 2001 Infiniti SUV with California license plate 6JFM648.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A suspect who shot at and carjacked multiple vehicles Thursday night in Fresno, killing one driver, collapsed and died after crashing an SUV he stole into a ditch, police said. The deadly carjacking and shooting spree unfolded about 5:45 p.m. when two cars crashed at an intersection in central Fresno. The shooter got out of his car, leaving behind two passengers, and then forced his way into a passing car driven by a woman, the Fresno Bee reported . The man, who was not immediately identified, then forced the woman to drive him to a liquor store and ordered her to wait while he went inside.
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December 17, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Every shopper's worst nightmare played out in an upscale New Jersey mall over the weekend, turning the joyful Christmas season to ashes for the family of a pair of young lawyers who will gather Wednesday for a funeral.  Carjackers approached Dustin Friedland and his wife, Jamie, in the parking area at the Mall at Short Hills and opened fire. Dustin was gravely wounded and left to die by his assailants, who drove off in his late-model silver Range Rover which was recovered nearby in Newark - a scant 15 minutes away by vehicle but more than a lifetime away in wealth.
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November 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The incident began Tuesday afternoon when the two suspects were in a vehicle and one of them pointed a gun at deputies. The deputies began pursuing the vehicle, which stopped at a cul-de-sac.  The suspect who allegedly pointed the gun at the deputies was taken into custody, but the driver carjacked a vehicle.
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April 3, 2014 | By Kate Mather
April Fools? San Bernardino County deputies aren't laughing. Three men were arrested Tuesday after authorities allege they staged a carjacking at a Hesperia In-N-Out, apparently in an effort to play a prank on their friend. The joke gone wrong began shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, when a man standing inside the Bear Valley Road restaurant spotted his car speeding out of the parking lot, said Hesperia Sheriff's Station spokeswoman Susan Rose.  The man ran outside and found his friend on the ground, Rose said.
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August 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- California Highway Patrol Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III, came to the Strip last weekend to celebrate Magdaleno's September wedding with a traditional bachelor party. But the visit took a tragic turn when a carjacker fled with their pickup truck as the pair were loading luggage outside the Flamingo Hotel. They died after being thrown from the truck when it struck another vehicle.  Now, the two men are heading home to Visalia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Joseph Serna
A man shot and killed by police in Long Beach early Tuesday morning was wanted for a carjacking in Los Angeles, authorities said. Police said the man jumped out of a vehicle and ran off about 2:30 a.m. after officers pulled the car over. When police talked to the passengers who stayed behind, one of them told police the man was wanted for the carjacking and should be considered armed and dangerous, Long Beach police Deputy Chief Robert Luna said. Officers requested air support and set up a perimeter.
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November 19, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Long Beach police shot and killed a suspected carjacker Tuesday morning on the roof of an apartment building following two foot chases. Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna said the incident started about 2:30 a.m. near Nebraska Avenue and 4th Street when police officers pulled over a 1990s four-door Mazda for a traffic violation. A man and two women were inside, police said. During the stop, the man in his 20s got out of the car and led officers on a foot chase, eventually losing them.
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