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A Chatsworth resident who was allegedly caught on surveillance video attacking two sisters in a Sherman Oaks nail salon about an hour and a half after committing a carjacking remains jailed Tuesday while awaiting a hearing to determine if he will have to stand trial on a half-dozen criminal charges.
Gustavo Aranda, 25, allegedly carjacked a vehicle from a man around 8:25 a.m. last Wednesday near the 14400 block of Gilmore Street in Van Nuys, and 90 minutes later entered the nail salon in the 13600 block of Burbank Boulevard.
Much of Aranda’s alleged attack on sisters Melda and Virginia Martinez- Bojorquez was caught on surveillance video, according to Los Angeles police.
“We alternated. When he was on top of her, I came and fought with him to rescue her. And when he turned his attention to me and started attacking me, she came to my aid,” one of the sisters said through a Spanish interpreter last week.
Rene Solis was among those who rushed to the aid of the women after a salon employee rushed out of the business to get help.
“They were battling each other with chairs and stuff, so by the time I got … real, real in the battle, he just stopped. He just decided to stop and then at that same time, he was just mumbling, you know, `Just kill me now,”‘ Solis said. “I saw how badly wounded he was so I just looked over to them (the sisters) and I was like, `Wow, I’m impressed.”‘
The LAPD posted a video of the attack on YouTube which has generated more than 36,000 views.
Aranda could face more than 12 years in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon — a chair, assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, carjacking, second-degree robbery and vandalism over $400, along with a misdemeanor count of simple battery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is behind bars in lieu of $230,000 bail, and is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom on Feb. 16 for a preliminary hearing.
—City News Service
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