LA VERNE — Officials Sunday released the name of a 46-year-old Montclair man arrested Friday after a crime spree and police chase that kicked off after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a stolen gun, authorities said.
Donell Robert Bell was being held in lieu of $225,000 bail at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records. He was booked on suspicion of crimes including carjacking, burglary and evading police.
The series of alleged crimes began about 7:30 p.m. when a car crashed in the 1900 block of 5th Street in La Verne, police said.
Bell, and possible others, fled from the crashed car on foot, officials said. It was then that Bell accidentally shot himself in the leg with a handgun he was carrying.
Bell then tried, but failed, to carjack a driver who saw the crash and stopped to help, police said. He then attempted a home break-in and another failed carjacking before successfully breaking into a home and stealing the resident’s car.
Police lost sight of the fleeing car as it sped west on Arrow Highway into Glendora, but found it abandoned following a crash at Arrow Highway and Barranca Avenue, according to Glendora police Lt. Jaime Caldwell.
Officers soon learned Bell had attempted to carjack a nearby minivan, which was broken down, before failing to rob a man outside a liquor store and attempting to carjack another vehicle, officials said. Officers found him on foot in the area.
Bell was taken to a hospital for treatment before being booked into jail.