IRVINE (CBSLA) — A carjacking suspect and wanted felon was caught after a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Orange County on Monday evening.
The pursuit ended in Irvine. The chase started in Garden Grove.
A parolee wanted with a gun in a pickup truck got out of the vehicle and carjacked another vehicle — an Audi SUV.
A 22-year-old female Irvine was the victim of the carjacking. The victim’s brother drove up and saw the crime occurring. When he tried to intervene, the suspect pushed the gas, endangering the brother. He also nearly hit the female victim with the car. Neither victim was injured during the incident.
“I saw him pull her out of the car,” said brother Ricky Kozloski.
He said he just waved to his sister in the parking lot earlier in the night as he was coming home from work in his white sedan. She was leaving in her black SUV. He noticed the driver of a black truck acting strange.
“He just was like honking the horn behind me,” said Kozloski. “She was struggling to not let the guy into the car.”
The pursuit came to a crashing end at the corner of Kelvin near Jamboree.
The suspect got out and ran. In the end a K9 dog and officers took the suspect down.
The Santa Ana Police Department arrested the suspect, identified as Antonio Padilla, Jr., 37.
The parolee was treated for dog bites and wounds and is expected to recover.
Anyone with information on the carjacking incident is asked to call the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7000.