A woman in California has caused chaos and alarm after stealing a car in Los Angeles and going on a dangerous rampage. Video of the incident has gone viral, showing the stolen vehicle colliding with other cars and almost hitting bystanders in a parking lot.
The carjacking occurred on Friday at a shopping plaza in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Agoura Hills when the thief attempted to rob a 75-year-old woman of her purse. According to the victim’s daughter, “The woman came up from behind her, and just grabbed her purse and knocked my mom to the ground. Immediately, the woman then got into my mom’s car.”
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The woman driver then proceeded to crash into at least six other vehicles, causing extensive damage. The video, which has more than 2.4 million views on Twitter, shows bystanders trying to stop the carjacker and even attempting to get into the stolen vehicle. However, the carjacker continued to drive recklessly, eventually getting the car stuck on a curb.
The carjacker tried to escape, but bystanders tackled her and detained her until the police arrived. “She jumps out the car and some of the people from the grocery store, they basically tackled her right there by our ATM,” said witness Fidel Rodriguez.
The suspect, a white female in her 20s, was taken into custody. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials explained that the car was difficult for the suspect to maneuver because it was still equipped with an anti-theft device on the steering wheel.
The carjacker and the elderly woman who was robbed both suffered minor injuries and were treated. The incident highlights the dangers of carjacking and the importance of being vigilant, particularly in urban areas.
As witness Elbery Morales stated, “They just came to the market to buy some groceries – and when you come out your car is banged up.” The incident serves as a stark reminder that crime can happen anywhere, at any time.
The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said on Facebook, “Deputies arrived and saw citizens detaining a female white in her 20’s, identified as the suspect.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials explained that the car was difficult for the suspect to maneuver because it was still equipped with an anti-theft device on the steering wheel.
Both the suspect and the elderly woman who was robbed were treated for minor injuries.
A similar situation with a stolen vehicle happened last week in Washington, D.C. However, the carjacker stole a Jeep with police directly in the area.