Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date August 12, 2002
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 351-6050
Fax (909) 351-6038


Carjacking Suspect Arrested

Riverside, Ca-  At 10:06 a.m. Riverside Police Officers responded to a market in the 2600 block of  Main Street where a customerís truck had just been stolen at gunpoint. The victim had exited the market and was preparing to leave when a man approached, pointed a gun at him, and demanded he get out of his 2002 Chevrolet truck. The victim complied and immediately called the police. He provided the police with the vehicle description, license plate number, and suspect description.

Officer Kim Boemia located the truck driving east on Spruce Street. She followed the truck and attempted to stop it. The suspect driver did not comply and fled at a high rate of speed. The Riverside Police Department helicopter was nearby and assisted as officers pursued the stolen truck. The suspect reached speeds of 90 miles per hour as it traveled through a commercial district. He was involved in two collisions prior to entering the northbound 215 Freeway. No one was injured in either collision.

California Highway Patrol Officers assisted Riverside Police Officers as the pursuit traveled into San Bernardino. The suspect stopped on the 215 Freeway near the 2nd Street exit. Officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop and arrested the suspect without incident. The freeway was closed for approximately 10 minutes.

Officers recovered a stolen 9 mm handgun inside the truck. The truck was returned to its owner with minor damage.

The suspect was identified as 25 year-old Raymond Moreno Jr. from San Bernardino. He is currently on parole for grand-theft-auto. He was later booked for 215 P.C. Carjacking, 496 P.C. Possession of Stolen Property, 2800.2 V.C. Felony Evading, 20002 V.C. Hit and Run, 666 P.C. Petty Theft with a Prior, 3056 P.C. Violation of Parole, and 12021 P.C. Felon in Possession of a Firearm.