Public Help Sought in Identifying Men Who Hijacked Car, Kidnapped Victim

The Riverside Police Department posted surveillance footage of the two armed men in hopes of receiving help from the public in identifying them.

The Riverside Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying two men who allegedly hijacked a vehicle, kidnapped the car's owner and robbed the victim.

Authorities say the robbery happened at approximately 7 a.m. on February 11, 2017.

Two men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a screwdriver, approached the victim by the Hillside neighborhood of Riverside. They then threatened him for his vehicle, a late 90s Acura, and kidnapped the victim to take him to a nearby industrial area.

The armed men then stole the victim's bank card and ordered him out of the vehicle before fleeing in the car. They made two attempts to use the card at different locations but to no avail.

"They threatened the victim into giving them his pin," Mike O'Boyle, Riverside Police Department Detective, said. "He gave them something, but it may not have been the correct pin."

Officials say the car has since been recovered and the victim is doing well.

The Riverside Police Department had physical evidence from the vehicle that was processed, but was deemed inconclusive and have taken to Facebook and YouTube to seek help from the public. The armed men's information was sent to multiple agencies before seeking assistance from the public.

"Somebody has to recognize them," O'Boyle said. "Their features are pretty distinct so I'm surprised no one has come forward with information yet."

One of the armed men is described to be between the ages of 30 to 40 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall and has a stocky build.

The other wanted man is believed to be between 28 to 30 years old, around 150 pounds, 5 foot 7 inches tall and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Those who have more information on the carjacking, or anyone who may recognize the men in question, are urged to contact O'Boyle at (951)353-7213 or Or you can submit an anonymous tip by visiting the Riverside Police Department's website.

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