MURRIETA – On Tuesday, May 14, Murrieta police officers conducted a traffic stop on Juniper St. and Madison Avenue. A vehicle that was stopped was occupied by four subjects and had just left the Kohl’s parking lot.
During the traffic stop, narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia were located on the female driver. She was identified as Lydia VanHorn (a 58-year-old resident of San Diego) and was arrested. Learning this, the left rear passenger fled on foot from the vehicle and attempted to evade officers.
The suspect ran into traffic, across Madison Ave., and attempted to open the driver’s side door to a vehicle that was stopped in the #1 northbound lanes of traffic. It appeared to the officers that the suspect was attempting to “car-jack” this vehicle. Luckily, the door was locked and the suspect continued northbound across the lanes of traffic.
The suspect was apprehended in the 24700 block of Madison Avenue by a police service canine. During the apprehension, the suspect was physically assaulting the police service canine and was resisting arrest. He was ultimately restrained and placed in handcuffs without further incident.
The suspect was identified as Patrick Kirk (a 22-year-old resident of Wildomar). Kirk was placed under arrest for assault on a police officer, assault on a police service canine, possession of a counterfeit currency, violation of probation and for two outstanding warrants for his arrest. Kirk was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries and then transported to the Southwest Detention Facility.
The officer was also transported to a local hospital to be treated for the injuries he sustained during the altercation and was released from the hospital a short time later.
The other two subjects in the vehicle were interviewed and released at the scene.
Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle that was attempted to be “car-jacked” on Madison Ave. by the suspect left prior to giving a statement to the police. The possible victim’s vehicle can only be described as a small passenger vehicle; unknown make, model, or color.
The Murrieta Police Department is seeking your help in locating this victim. If you have information related to this investigation, you can contact the on-duty watch commander at 951-696-3615. You may also provide information anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME.