Moreno Valley

Man Arrested in Carjacking, Kidnapping and Assault

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carjacking a woman before kidnapping and assaulting her, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

The 55-year-old victim called the Moreno Valley Police Department Friday reporting the carjacking at 8:20 a.m.

When officers arrived, they saw she suffered minor injuries.

They identified the suspected attacker as Jacob Velasquez who had taken off before the police arrived.

Velasquez allegedly made threats against law enforcement and posted threatening messages on social media as police investigated the crime. Many people began calling the police department as a result.

Police took Velasquez into custody in the 1700 block of Lake Perris Drive in Perris at 11:50 p.m.

Anyone with information on the carjacking is encouraged to call Moreno Valley police at 951-486-6700.

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