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Man pepper sprayed and carjacked in Baker; 2 arrested

BAKER, Calif. ( — Authorities arrested two suspects from Los Angeles who pepper-sprayed a man before carjacking him in the town of Baker, officials said.

It happened on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at about 11:52 pm, when the victim called 911 and reported that two unknown suspects had taken his white 2014 Toyota Camry.

According to a sheriff’s news release, the victim had been traveling through the town of Baker and stopped to rest near the Baker Country Store before two suspects assaulted him and used pepper spray to remove him from his vehicle forcibly.

At approximately 12:44 am, a CHP officer located the victim’s vehicle at the Chevron Gas Station near the incident location in the 72100 block of Baker Blvd.

The vehicle was being driven by the suspect identified as Daniel Eduardo Ayala, 28, of Los Angeles.

Deputies from the Barstow Sheriff’s Station responded, and Ayala and a 17-year-old male juvenile suspect also from Los Angeles were detained without incident.

Through investigation, authorities determined the suspects arrived to the area in a white 2008 Ford pickup truck.

“A records check determined this truck had been reported stolen on September 19, 2018, to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Station,” stated the release.

Through further investigation, our deputies learned that the suspects were involved in an armed robbery in Arcadia on September 19, 2018.

Additional items, which had reported stolen during this incident, were recovered from the Ford truck. Ayala and the juvenile were arrested for carjacking and possession of a stolen vehicle and transported to the Barstow Jail and High Desert Juvenile Detention Center.

Authorities said photographs of the white Ford truck and the suspects were released to determine if they have been involved in other crimes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or similar incidents is urged to contact the Barstow Sheriff’s Station at (760) 256-4838. Citizens wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip website at

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