PALMDALE – Palmdale Patrol Deputies took three men into custody Wednesday night for allegedly carjacking a local taxi driver at knifepoint.
Alejandro Topete, 18, Isai Segovia, 22, and Angel Aguilera, 20 were arrested around 8:50 p.m. and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on charges of carjacking.
According to the Sheriff’s report, Palmdale Station received a call around 7:50 p.m. Wednesday from a man who said he had just been carjacked at knifepoint and his taxi cab had been stolen. When deputies arrived on scene they identified that the victim had picked up one of the suspects who directed him to a residence near the 400 Block of East Avenue P-14, where two of the suspect’s friends were waiting. As the suspect let one of the waiting friends into the taxi cab, the other quickly ran over to the driver’s side window and held a kitchen knife to the victim’s throat.
The suspects then ordered the victim out of the vehicle and had him empty his pockets of his wallet and personal belongings. The suspects threw the victim to the ground and fled in the victim’s taxi cab.
Deputies canvassed the surrounding area and located the victim’s taxi cab unlocked and abandoned on 5th Street East, south of Avenue Q. Given the small amount of time that had elapsed between the carjacking and the discovery of the abandoned vehicle, Deputies David Roach and Roberto Hernandez continued to canvas the area. While searching the area, they observed a small black compact vehicle with a driver and passenger matching the description of the suspects.
The deputies conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle near the 400 Block of East Avenue Q-3 and detained the driver and passenger of the vehicle, as well as a third individual who had been hiding in the back seat. While detaining the occupants, deputies located the kitchen knife along with the victim’s wallet, keys, and GPS device that were taken during the carjacking.
All three suspects, Alejandro Topete, Isai Segovia, and Angel Aguilera, are currently being held on $100,000 bail. Aguilera, the suspect located hiding in the back seat of the vehicle, was also identified to be on active parole with an electronic monitoring bracelet. He was additionally charged with violating the terms of his parole.
(Via press advisory from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station)