HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) A man is facing charges of attempted murder after he was connected to a string of recent carjackings that police described as “violent in nature.”
Deputies began responding to several reports of stolen vehicles on November 20th and November 21st, where victims had left their vehicles running and unattended at either a business or a residence, officials said.
“During the early morning hours on the 21st, the vehicles were found abandoned and the recoveries were completed. Deputies had reason to believe the cases were related. While doing one of the recoveries, a female, Regina Deleon, was taken into custody for being in possession of property belonging to one of the stolen vehicles, however, it was believed that there were still outstanding suspects,” a Sheriff’s press release stated.
The morning the vehicles were recovered, dispatch received a 911 call regarding a carjacking that just occurred in the area of Kingston Avenue and Danbury Avenue at 5:40 a.m.
“The stolen vehicle was spotted in the area of Seventh Avenue and Ranchero Road and a felony traffic stop was initiated. The driver, later identified as Eduardo Soto, stopped the vehicle, exited and complied with all the commands given by the deputies. Soto and his female passenger were taken into custody without incident,” officials said.
It was learned that the victim of the carjacking had also left his vehicle running and unattended prior to the theft. During the investigation, Soto was found to be in possession of property linking him to the other stolen vehicle reports. Detectives believe Soto is related to at least three other stolen vehicles that have been recovered. Soto’s female passenger was interviewed and later released when it was learned that she was picked up by Soto after the thefts occurred, the department said.
Due to the violent nature during the carjacking incident, and the victim receiving injuries while trying to prevent the theft from occurring, Soto was booked for P.C 664/187(a), Attempt Murder, and P.C 215(a), Carjacking. Deleon was booked for V.C. 10851(a), Grand Theft Auto.
Hesperia residents are reminded that as the weather gets colder please don’t leave your vehicle running in your driveway while getting ready for work or in front of a convenience store while you get your morning coffee.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hesperia Station, Detective Division at (760)947-1500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.