Sunday, May 31, 2015

Temecula: Murrieta man arrested after car jacking and CHP pursuit

Temecula, California - On Sunday, May 31, 2015, deputies assigned to the Temecula Department responded to the area of Old Town Front Street near 5th Street and learned that a suspect had assaulted a man and stolen his black Dodge Charger.

A few minutes later deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Perris Station received a call of a second carjacking on the northbound I-215 near McCall. Deputies learned that the vehicle taken in Temecula had continued north on the I-215 Freeway, but when the driver encountered heavy traffic in Menifee, he was forced to come to a stop near McCall Boulevard. He jumped out of the Charger, pulled the driver from a pick-up truck, and after assaulting him, fled in the pick-up.

A short time later, Deputies located the pick-up northbound on the I-215 freeway near Allesandro Blvd. The vehicle fled and the CHP joined the pursuit. The pursuit ended near the I-15/1-10 interchange in Ontario, where the driver abandoned the pick-up and fled on foot. He was quickly apprehended by CHP officers and a Riverside County Sheriff's K-9.
  • The suspect was identified as Giorgio Armani Castanon-Baez, a 27-year-old Murrieta resident.
Further investigation revealed Baez, who was on parole, was under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of a knife and methamphetamine.

He will be charged with several felonies, including two counts of carjacking and evading arrest.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Denham at the Perris Police Department by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email at

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