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UPDATED: Two arrested in carjacking

Posted: July 24, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Sheriff's deputies hold two people in the back of patrol cars at the corner of 14th Street and Railroad Avenue as other units search the area looking for suspects at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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Two suspected gang members are in custody and two people are at large after a Newhall man was assaulted, carjacked and kidnapped late Wednesday night.

Cesar Silva, 20, and a 13-year-old boy, both of Newhall, were arrested and booked on felony charges of carjacking and kidnapping, sheriff's Sgt. Darren Harris said.

Silva is being held at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station without bail.

Around 9:40 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call about a carjacking in Newhall, Harris said, and added they arrived to find the victim, a 19-year-old Newhall man, bleeding from the nose.

The victim was reportedly trying to find an open space in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Valle del Oro in Newhall when four suspects surrounded his 1994 Honda Civic. One of them put an object - which the victim believed to be a black handgun - to the man's head, then hit him, knocking him unconscious, Harris said.

The man told deputies when he regained consciousness, the car was near 15th Street, and he was struck again by one of the suspects before being pushed out of the car.

Harris was unsure of injuries the man sustained, but they were apparently minor.

When pushed from the car, the victim reportedly called for help from a passer-by, who in turn called 911.
Deputies swarmed the area and set up a containment for nearly an hour, from Railroad Avenue to Newhall Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets.

Silva and the juvenile were detained and arrested at Dooley's Liquor and Market at the corner of 14th Street and Railroad Avenue, Harris said.

Two suspects were still at large late Thursday afternoon, Harris said. The only description available is that they were male Hispanics around 19 to 20 years old.

Harris said the quartet apparently abandoned the vehicle after crashing into a patio near the liquor store. A nearby security guard reportedly heard the crash, saw the four men fleeing the scene and called the Sheriff's Station.

Silva and the minor appear to have some gang affiliation, Harris said, though he added it is unclear if the attack and theft were gang-related.

The crime is being investigated by the Sheriff's Station's COBRA unit, which primarily handles gang-related crimes. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff's Station at (661) 255-1121.

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