ALTADENA — A suspect being detained at a California Highway Patrol Station escaped from officers, smashed through a glass door and carjacked a woman and child inside before officer re-captured him, authorities said.
Luis Octavio Cortes, 28, of North Hollywood was reportedly brought to the CHP’s Altadena Station, 2130 Windsor Ave., on suspicion of driving under the influence prior to the incident, which began about 8:30 p.m., according to officials.
“(Cortes) broke free from custody and attacked officers, CHP officials said in a written statement. “(He) broke a glass door and fled the office.”
Cortes then forced a woman from her vehicle and carjacked it with two passenger still inside, according to the CHP.
Officials were not available Sunday to comment on reports that the carjacked passengers were a pregnant woman and a young boy, or that officers tried unsuccessfully to subdue the man with a Taser as he fled.
Cortes drove the stolen vehicle to Clybourn Avenue and Longford Street in Lake View Terrace, about 10 miles away, where he exited the car and broke into a house, the CHP statement said. He was re-arrested a short time later.
According to county booking records, Cortes was being held in lieu of $175,000 bail and due for arraignment Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court.