Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
Phone (951) 826-5147

Carjacking suspects sought

Riverside, Ca- Riverside Police are seeking a stolen vehicle and four suspects in conjunction with a carjacking incident that began Wednesday, April 26, in Long Beach and concluded in Riverside, about 2:35 p.m.

According to initial reports, the victim -- a Riverside man of Asian descent, age 53 -- drove to a Long Beach location to pick up a lost item from a caller who claimed to have the item. The victim told investigating officers he was struck in the head and later awoke bound and in the company of four Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20s, including the person who originally called him. His captors were armed with a long gun, a knife and a baseball bat; they demanded money and made threats, he said.

The four suspects took the victim, in the victimís vehicle, to Riverside in hopes of getting money from the manís home. Three of the suspects got out of the carjacked vehicle near the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and California Avenue. When the original suspect drove near a business in the 4800-block of Jackson Street, the victim managed to escape the vehicle and the suspect fled north on Jackson in the victimís dark blue 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche (California license 6Y72327).

The victim was taken to Riverside Community Hospital where he was treated for head injuries sustained at the time of his capture and when he jumped from the vehicle. Police are looking for four Hispanic male suspects who may have tattoos on their forearms, according to the victim. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 320-8027.