Homeless Santa Monica Man Arrested After Leading CHP On A Stolen Car Chase

Monday, 30 Dec 2013, 8:56:00 AM

Tim Broughton

Bail was set at $100,000 for a 27-year-old homeless man on Friday,

Dec. 20 after he stole a car from a Santa Monica CVS parking lot that

ended with a chase involving the California Highway Patrol in the Santa

Ana area.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 1400 block

of Ninth Street at 7:45 pm on this day after they had received a report

of a strong-arm robbery that had occurred.

Upon arrival the officers spoke with the victim, a woman who told

them that she had been in the process of walking to her vehicle that was

situated in the CVS parking lot when she became aware that a man was

following her.

The woman continued to say that as she opened the door of her

automobile the man suddenly grabbed the keys from her hand and pushed

her out of the way.

The man then jumped into her car, started the engine and proceeded to reverse into another vehicle. The man then drove off.

The officers, after hearing this, immediately placed the vehicle onto

the statewide computer database as a reported stolen vehicle, and a Los

Angeles Sheriff Department Deputy who was responding to a report of a

possible drunk driver on the Santa Ana area, spotted the vehicle and a

chase ensued.

After the California Highway Patrol had joined in the chase a

precision immobilization technique, or PIT maneuver, was initiated,

bringing the vehicle to a standstill.

The man was arrested and later transported back to Santa Monica where

he was charged with robbery (carjacking style robbery to be precise).

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