PICO RIVERA, Calif. (KABC) — A 13-year old woman died and a suspect is in custody following a violent carjacking in Pico Rivera Sunday afternoon, officials say.
The incident happened Sunday about 2 p.m. in the area of Whittier Boulevard and Lindsey Avenue.
The van was parked in the area when the parents ran into a restaurant to pick up food and abandoned their four children inside the car using the air conditioning .
The defendant then got in and attempted to steal the car, yelling at the kids to get out, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
“Before the kids were able to safely exit the car, the defendant drove off by the location in a high rate of speed,” authorities said in a news release. “Immediately after, the side doors into the van slid open.”
Lt. Barry Hall said the 18-year-old sibling at the van started battling with the defendant briefly before she got out of their van, together with her 11-year-old brother. Both sustained minor injuries.
The car continued going at a high rate of speed when the 8-year-old boy had been”forcefully ejected from the van” Immediately after, the 13-year-old woman was ejected from the vehicle. Authorities say she struck on a static thing and died at the scene.
The 8-year-old boy was taken to a hospital with major injuries. His 13-year-old sister was identified as Isabella Cortes.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jose Aguilar, slammed into another car several miles away. The suspect conducted ahead of the Whittier Narrow Recreation Area jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to carjack another car with the driver’s wife and child inside\.
A fight ensued between the driver and the suspect. Street vendors ultimately helped the defendant until deputies arrived, police said.
Aguilar was taken into custody. Authorities said he had recently been detained and released on zero bail for felony possession of vandalism and a dirk/dagger and is currently on summary probation for other charges.
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