Man, 20, Arrested After Allegedly Trying To Carjack Off-Duty Police Officer

NORWALK (CBS) —  Officials say a 20-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to carjack an off-duty South Gate police officer at gunpoint.

The attempted carjacking occurred in Norwalk around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Cyclops Street, according to officials at the Norwalk sheriff’s station.

Officials said the officer slowed his private vehicle when two Hispanic men stepped out into the lane he was traveling, and one pointed a handgun directly at the officer.

The off-duty officer quickly drove around the two men and called 911 for assistance, officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene and saw three males running east on Cyclops Street. One suspect, identified as Nicholas Andres of Norwalk, was found behind a home in the 12200 block of Cyclops Street. He was arrested without incident.

The off-duty officer identified Andres as the suspect who had pointed the firearm at him. Search dogs discovered a pistol in the area, officials said.

No other suspects were found.

Andres was booked at the Norwalk Station for assault with a deadly weapon. He was held on $50,000 bail.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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