Sunday, July 6, 2008

Carjackers' nightmare: intended victims are two cops

SANTA ANA A 22-year-old man is in custody after police said he and another man unwittingly tried to carjack an unmarked police car with two uniformed officers inside.

At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the officers were investigating illegal fireworks activity in the 2200 block of Eastwood Avenue when a sports utility vehicle pulled up in front of their unmarked police sedan, said Santa Ana Police Department Comm. Steve Colon.

The two men got out of the SUV and took "an aggressive approach toward the officers," Colon said. The driver acted as if he had a weapon in his waistband, police said.

At that point, the officers got out of the car; the two suspects ran back into their SUV and attempted to get away, Colon said. Police suspect the two men didn't realize there were officers in the vehicle.

The officers chased the SUV a short distance before the suspects jumped out of the car and ran, Colon said. The unidentified driver managed to get away.

Eleazar Lopez, of Santa Ana, was caught and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, Colon said. Nobody was hurt during the incident


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