Car theft suspects arrested in Chula Vista
Last Updated: 78 days ago
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A fugitive probationer and a young Chula Vista woman allegedly carjacked a person at knifepoint early Sunday and ditched the car as police closed in but were eventually arrested, police said.
Hector Guadalupe Chavez, 28, and Vanessa Ashley Rodriguez, 18, were arrested on suspicion of auto theft and other offenses, according to police.
Additionally, Chavez was found to be on probation as a narcotics registrant and had a felony narcotics warrant out for his arrest, authorities said.
The events began about 1:30 a.m. when a victim's 2002 Honda Civic was allegedly taken by the knife-wielding suspects in the vicinity of Church Avenue and F Street, according to Chula Vista police.
Shortly before 8 a.m., the car's license plate was recognized in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue near D Street and police began searching the area, authorities said. Officers saw two people inside the car, but found it unoccupied on nearby Smith Avenue a few minutes later.
A woman, identified by police as Rodriguez, was detained while walking away from the car, police said.
Patrol officers, police dogs and a helicopter crew searched the area and caught up to Chavez around 8:10 a.m., as he was attempting to escape the police perimeter on Broadway, police said.
Police officials said the investigation into the carjacking was ongoing.
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