LANCASTER – Two known gang members, one in a bullet-proof vest, were taken into custody Tuesday night after a car chase, foot chase, carjacking and hostage situation in Lancaster, authorities said.
The incident started around 9:15 p.m. when authorities spotted a Honda Civic, in the area of Avenue J and 3rd Street East, which was connected to a missing person’s report, according to Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Community Appreciation Project team (LANCAP).
“The deputies then conducted a traffic stop, and as they made their approach on the vehicle, they saw that the driver was wearing a bullet proof vest and armed with a handgun,” Owen said.
“They immediately retreated… the suspects fled the area, at which time the deputies initiated a pursuit,” Owen continued.
Deputies chased the vehicle through residential streets, Owen said.
The brief pursuit ended in a cul-de-sac on Cobb Road, about a block north of East Avenue I.
The vehicle’s front passenger was detained, but the driver jumped out the car and ran away.
He jumped over a wall and led deputies on a foot chase to Avenue I. Then the suspect stopped a vehicle at gunpoint and demanded to be driven away, officials said. But deputies closed in and surrounded the victim’s vehicle.
“We attempted to negotiate with the suspect as he held the victim at gunpoint. We were not achieving much success, at which time we used alternative methods of force,” Owen said. “The suspect was Tased, and we were able to retrieve the handgun and safely remove the victim from the vehicle.”
The victim was not hurt in the altercation.
Deputies recovered ammunition, a gun magazine, shotgun shells, masks and gloves from the suspects’ vehicle.
The driver was identified as 26-year-old Rodney Redondo. He faces charges of carjacking, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing body armor, evading police, and a host of other charges, officials said. The second suspect was identified as 32-year-old Joseph Silva.
UPDATED 11/27/13 @ 4 p.m.
The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station has just issued a press release with more details on the incident. Read it below:
During the late evening hours of November 23, 2013, Lancaster deputies stopped a vehicle with two occupants believed to be related to a missing person. As the deputies approached, the driver pointed a handgun at the deputies and sped away. Deputies initiated a pursuit which ended when the vehicle drove into a cul-de-sac. The driver ran from the car into a nearby apartment complex. The passenger was arrested at the vehicle without incident. A firearm, ammunition, and black masks were found in the vehicle. The vehicle was found to be an unreported stolen vehicle out of Palmdale. A containment of the area was established in an effort to locate the driver. The suspect/driver ultimately carjacked a passerby. The suspect ordered the victim, at gunpoint, to drive him out of the area. As deputies approached the vehicle, they saw the suspect pointing his gun at the carjacking victim. Deputies, fearing for the victim’s safety, deployed their Tasers, disabling the suspect long enough to allow a deputy to take the gun from him. Deputies removed the suspect from the vehicle and arrested him. Both suspects were booked on multiple felony charges. A ballistic vest, masks and firearms were recovered and held as evidence.