MURRIETA (CNS) – A 29-year-old Iowa man was charged today with committing a carjacking in Aguanga and then fleeing to Mexico, where he stayed a day before being arrested when he tried to return to the United States.
Marcus Dale Sidney is being held in lieu of $120,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Thursday at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Sean Liebrand, the defendant was involved in a roadside crash as he passed through the intersection of Highway 79 and Sage Road about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
A good Samaritan stopped to see whether Sidney needed assistance and called 911, at which point a California Highway Patrol unit was dispatched to the location, Liebrand said.
“While waiting for the CHP to arrive, (Sidney) got into the victim’s vehicle and began to flee the area,” the sergeant said. “The victim attempted to stop him.”
The defendant sped away, heading south, leaving the motorist with minor injuries, according to Liebrand.
The man, whose identity was not disclosed, was treated at a hospital and released the same day, he said.
Sidney allegedly drove into Mexico via San Ysidro that afternoon. On Sunday, the defendant was taken into custody near the border crossing in Tijuana, Liebrand said.
Sidney has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.