Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 1, 2003
Contact Officer Felix Medina
Phone (909) 826-5939
Fax (909) 826-2594


Suspect Arrested for Attempted Carjacking

Riverside, Ca-  On Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at approximately 2:04 pm, Officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to the area of 12th Street and Mesa Street reference a “Brandishing a Weapon” radio call. Upon arrival, an Officer came in contact with the victim, a Hispanic Female, 19 years old from Moreno Valley. The victim told the officers that the suspect with the gun was fleeing inside of a Gray Mazda Truck. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the truck near the west parking lot of Rite Aid (Located at the corner of University Avenue and Chicago Avenue) and the passenger exited the truck and fled on foot. The driver remained inside of the truck.

The passenger continued to run until he barricaded himself inside of an apartment in the 1800 block of 12th street. Officers from the Special Weapons And Tactics team (S.W.A.T.) responded to the scene as well as Hostage Negotiators. After approximately two hours, the suspect exited from the apartment and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported from the suspect, the victim or any of the officers that responded to the scene. The suspect was identified as Julio Perez III, a Hispanic male, 21 years old from Corona. Perez will be charged for Attempt Car-Jacking, Weapons Possession, Kidnapping and Resisting Arrest. Perez also had a Felony Warrant for Narcotics Violation out of San Diego and was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck, a Hispanic male from Riverside, was the victim of a kidnapping. After Perez attempted to car-jack the Hispanic females car, Perez then pointed a gun at the Hispanic male, entered his truck and told him to drive. Once the truck came to a stop, Perez left a shotgun and handgun in the truck and fled from the vehicle.

A Winchester Sawed-Off Shotgun and a Dan Wessen .357 handgun were recovered and both were loaded with ammunition.