Sunday, March 1, 2009
Man arrested in carjacking and kidnapping case
Humberto Alatorre of Garden Grove is being held on $1 million bail.
By ANGELA POTTER
The Orange County Register
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SANTA ANA – A Garden Grove man has been arrested in connection with a carjacking which led to a home invasion robbery in Santa Ana, police said Sunday. Two other suspects in the case are still on the loose.
A resident reported that he was driving in his car on Sheffield Street at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when three men in a small SUV forced him to pull over, according to police Cmdr. Steve Colon. The three men ordered the resident at gunpoint to take them to his home in the 2900 block of South Baker Street.
The intruders then forced several members of the resident's family, including an 8-year-old boy, and a roommate into a bedroom while they ransacked the house looking for valuables before leaving in the resident's car, police said.
The resident chased them briefly, driving another vehicle, until his assailants fired a single shot in his direction, Colon said.
Garden Grove police assisted Santa Ana police in locating a suspect, Humberto Alatorre. Alatorre, 34, is being held at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery, carjacking, burglary and committing a felony while in possession of a firearm, police said. Bail has been set at $1 million. The investigation is continuing.
Detectives are trying to locate the resident's car, a white 1998 Ford Escort with license plate 3XRA546.
Cmdr. Tammy Franks said the people in the house denied knowing any of the gunmen. The incident does not appear to be gang-related, Franks said.
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