Police on Tuesday released the name of a parolee shot by police after a wild chase that began in Boyle Heights and ended on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello as he tried to carjack a second car at gunpoint.
Aaron Lorta, 29, was booked on suspicion of carjacking, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department. Lorta, who’s under a no- bail parole hold, is hospitalized in stable condition and has been speaking to detectives, according to police.
According to NBC4, Lorta has a criminal background that includes convictions for domestic battery, grand theft, carrying a concealed dagger, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted grand theft, auto theft and unlawful taking or driving of a car and attempted robbery.
LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado said as many as three LAPD officers may have fired on the suspect when “he exited the vehicle after a number of felonies and attempted to commandeer another vehicle at gunpoint.” No officers were injured, Preciado said.
The chase began in Boyle Heights as an attempt to intercept a stolen vehicle near the intersection of North Mott and Cincinnati streets around 5:15 p.m. Monday, Preciado said
The chase went through downtown Los Angeles and as far south as Lynwood before ending in Montebello with the suspect running in eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, where he was shot by officers around 6 p.m.
The suspect carjacked a sedan from a 22-year-old woman on Imperial Highway in South Gate after crashing another stolen car during the chase.
“He just came up to me and pointed a gun at me … and told me to get out of my car, and he just took off with it,” the very shaken but otherwise uninjured woman, Elizabeth Yarahuan, told ABC7.
Preciado said Yarahuan did the right thing.
“Any time that you’re confronted with someone that is armed, be it a knife, be it a sharp object or a gun, and they want to take your property, be it a purse or vehicle, it’s not worth losing your life over property,” Preciado said.
A large semi-automatic pistol was recovered at the scene, police said.
Police were investigating whether the suspect had fired at other vehicles during the chase, and whether this had caused any of the reported four collisions that the suspect left in his wake, Preciado said.
Preciado said LAPD officers, as well as their counterparts from Huntington Park, South Gate and Montebello, were trying to establish the extent of injuries from the collisions that occurred during the chase.
— City News Service
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