Carjacking suspect arrested in Wildomar


WILDOMAR (CNS) – A 32-year-old man suspected of carjacking a motorist in Orange County and driving the stolen vehicle into Wildomar, where he was arrested, was jailed today in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Thomas Truehill Lopez of La Mirada was taken into custody Monday night and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of carjacking and being in possession of a stolen automobile.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Garcia, patrol deputies were passing the intersection of Autumn Sage Court and Valle Vista Circle about 10:45 p.m. Monday when they spotted a car that had been reported stolen during a carjacking a short time earlier in Buena Park.

The driver, Lopez, was signaled to stop, and he complied, Garcia said.

The suspect was detained without incident, and a search of the sedan was conducted, at which point deputies seized “methamphetamine … and the victim’s stolen property inside the vehicle,” the sergeant alleged.

He said the investigation will be handled by Buena Park police.