Suspects jailed following El Monte carjacking, robbery

EL MONTE >> A man and woman carjacked a man and robbed him and his friend at gunpoint outside an El Monte pizza parlor early Sunday before police tracked a stolen cell phone to find and arrest them, officials said.
Samuel Barajas, 24, of El Monte is accused of carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting police following the crime, which unfolded about 12:20 a.m. outside a Pizza Hut, 11910 Garvey Ave., El Monte police Lt. Chris Cano said. Ana Hidalgo, 18, of El Monte, is accused of carjacking and resisting police.
A 19-year-old Whittier man was talking with a friend, a 21-year-old El Monte man, when the suspects approached, Cano said.
Barajas brandished a handgun while demanding the Whittier man’s Infiniti G35, as well as both men’s cell phones, the lieutenant said. The victim’s complied, and the suspects fled in the stolen Infiniti.
The car was soon found abandoned along Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera, Cano said.
But police managed to track one of the stolen cell phones, which led them to a moving taxi cab, he said. Officers pulled over the taxi in the area of Peck Road and Durfee Avenue in South El Monte, Cano said.
Police arrested Hidalgo without a struggle, Cano said.
Barajas refused police commands, prompting them to shoot him with a less-lethal foam projectile fired from a 40mm grenade launcher, he said. Barajas ran, but was ultimately subdued nearby with help from a police K-9.
Police recovered a loaded handgun from the taxi in which the suspects were riding, Cano added.
Barajas was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries including dog bites to his arm prior to booking, police said.
He was released from jail in August after serving less than one year of a two year sentence following a conviction for assault likely to produce great bodily injury, Los Angeles County Superior Court and booking records show. He was acquitted of an attempted murder charge in the same case.
Hidalgo was being held in lieu of $180,000 bail pending her initial court appearance, records show.

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  • Gordiita Tgs Guzmman

    The police brutally attack Samuel Barajas because they left the k9 attack him,Samuel barajas, for more than what the k9 was supose to. Even after Samuel Barajas surrender the k9 was still attacking him tearing apart his left arm while the el monte police was just watching and laughing. He,Samuel Barajas, got surgery but his hand looks horrifying.

    • jewlz

      Maybe he shouldn’t of been committing a crime n the first place! He should of been out looking for work instead of stealing and robbing another human being!!!!! And all this wouldn’t of happened to him you play you pay!!! Common sense, feeling sorry for the sucker hahaha I laugh at a jackass to for being a stupid fool in thinking he was gonna get away with a committing a crime n getting caught! Pathetic ppl

  • Michael Flippin

    Ha Ha!

  • Michael Flippin

    Don’t break the law and you don’t have to worry about the dogs attacking. Tsk tsk.