2 Anaheim Men Held in Carjacking

Two 18-year-old Anaheim men suspected of carjacking were arrested early Sunday after a high-speed chase ended with the driver ramming the stolen car into two police cars, authorities said.

Jorge Lopez and Carlos Rodriguez Estrada were booked on suspicion of carjacking and assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon. They were held in the Anaheim City Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail each, according to a report by Lt. J. Flammini. A third suspect escaped during the carjacking, the report said.

The car theft victim, who was unidentified, had stopped his 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass at the intersection of Robin Street and Romneya Drive at 2:54 a.m. when a rust-colored Honda Accord with three occupants pulled up next to him, the report said. The two passengers, one wielding a handgun, ordered the victim out of his Oldsmobile, got into the car and drove off.

The Oldsmobile was spotted at 3:27 a.m. on Harbor Boulevard by Garden Grove police. Officers from Garden Grove and Anaheim chased the suspects at speeds of more than 100 m.p.h. on four different freeways.


The driver finally lost control of the Oldsmobile as he attempted to leave the eastbound Riverside Freeway at Tustin Avenue, and the speeding auto rammed into two Anaheim police cars.

No police officers were injured, but Lopez suffered cuts to his face and was treated at a local hospital, the report said.