ANAHEIM – A Palmdale teenager was arrested late Monday night after allegedly shooting and carjacking a man and then jumping off a freeway bridge to escape capture, authorities said.
Cornell Davis, 18, is being treated for his injuries at an Anaheim hospital. After treatment, he will be jailed in connection with an incident that happened shortly after 10 p.m., Monday near an Anaheim shopping center, authorities said.
“We received a call from a male indicating that he had been shot, after he had come to the area of the 8100 Block of East Santa Ana Canyon Road with two other individuals,” said Anaheim Police Department Sergeant Bob Dunn.
Dunn said the victim – a man in his 40s – told police the male and female suspects fled in his vehicle as he went to a nearby grocery store to call for help.
“Using information from the victim, as well as our investigative resources, we were able to locate a license plate number for the victim’s vehicle, and we put that out for other agency units,” Dunn said.
The stolen vehicle was spotted by Fullerton police on the 91 Freeway near Knott Avenue, Dunn said.
“We tried to pull the car over, and that’s when the pursuit begins, when the vehicle refuses to stop,” Dunn said.
Dunn said the high-speed chase ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a retaining wall on the freeway bridge, near Bellflower Avenue.
The driver – 23-year-old Lakisa Crowder of Bellflower – ran along the bridge before running down a dirt embankment into a residential neighborhood, where she was cornered and captured, Dunn said.
“The male (Davis) exited the passenger side and actually jumped right over that wall, which ended up being anywhere from a 50 to 100-foot drop down to a dirt wash area,” Dunn said.
Dunn said the Palmdale teen suffered injuries from the fall and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Davis and Crowder will be booked for attempted murder, carjacking and felony evasion, Dunn said.
The victim is currently in critical condition at an Anaheim hospital.