Man allegedly carjacked friend during drive to church

Posted at 1:14 PM, Sep 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-03 16:16:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego man is behind bars Sunday after he allegedly carjacked an acquaintance then drove himself to a church where he got into a violent struggle with police officers.

San Diego police responded to a call at around 8:12 a.m. Sunday about two men fighting in the parking lot of the Fashion Valley Mall.

The victim, a 56-year-old man, told police that the suspect called him to ask for a ride to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 4195 Camino del Rio South. 

The unidentified victim agreed to meet the suspect, identified as Garrette Cook, 46, of San Diego, at the mall to pick him up.

"As the driver started to drive through the parking lot, Cook became enraged and removed the keys from the ignition," the police report said. "The victim got back into the car in an attempt to flee."

The suspect pulled the victim out of the car and then drove off to the LDS church, police said.

People at the church called in reports of Cook acting erratically, and arriving officers found Cook in the victim's car.

Officers used a Taser in order to subdue the suspected carjacker, according to police.

"While attempting to take Cook into custody, he violently resisted the officers," the police report said. "A Taser was deployed and, after a lengthy struggle, Cook was taken into custody."

Cook suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.   He has been booked into county jail, according to police.

Officers also required treatment for minor injuries.

The victim was unharmed in the incident, police said.