A 22-year-old convicted car thief accused of leading Santa Ana police on a chase in a stolen car while out on bail in an attempted murder case pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the latest round of felony charges filed against him.
Victor Erick Carillo was charged Wednesday with car theft, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle, evading police and reckless driving, being an active participant in a gang carrying a loaded weapon and being a felon in possession of a concealed firearm. He also faces a sentencing enhancement allegation of committing a crime while out on bail.
Carillo’s next court date is a May 23 pretrial hearing at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.
Carillo posted bail and was released from Orange County Jail on April 27 in connection with his prior case that dates back to April 2015, in which he is charged with attempted murder, assault with a firearm, car theft and being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm, all felonies. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and hit-and-run with property damage in that case.
Court records show he pleaded guilty in February 2015 to car theft, possession of burglary tools and driving without a valid driver’s license, all misdemeanors, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but he was found to have violated probation in that case.
The most recent case stems from the theft of a 2000 Toyota 4Runner about 4:15 a.m. last Thursday, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. The victim left his car running to warm up while he was in his residence and emerged to see the car speeding away, Bertagna said.
Last Saturday about 5:45 p.m., police saw someone in the 4Runner firing shots out of the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over for officers, triggering a chase, Bertagna said.
The pursuit continued through the south end of town, ending when the SUV slammed into a wall in the 1700 block of South Standard Avenue, Bertagna said. Carillo bailed out of the vehicle but was caught on foot a short time later.
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