A 23-year-old woman police said has a lengthy criminal history pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison for carjackings in Irvine, Costa Mesa and Tustin.
Jocelyn Cano of Santa Ana robbed a motorist on the Corona Del Mar (73) Freeway near the Fairview Road off-ramp about 6 p.m. on March 9, 2015, according to Costa Mesa Police Department Lt. Greg Scott.
A 27-year-old Huntington Beach resident said a knife-wielding suspect smashed in the driver-side window of his 2011 Toyota Prius while he was stopped in traffic on the northbound side of the freeway, Scott said. The suspect ordered the victim out of the car and drove away with the vehicle, Scott said.
Costa Mesa police found an abandoned Volvo S80 with a flat right front tire nearby, which had been stolen minutes earlier from an Irvine motorist in a parking lot in the 17000 block of Von Karman Avenue, Scott said.
The Volvo was stolen by a knife-wielding suspect in the same manner as the one in Costa Mesa, Scott said.
The attempted carjacking occurred in Tustin about 7 p.m. March 9, 2015, in the 3090 block of Edinger Avenue.
Cano, who was arrested March 12, 2015, at her Santa Ana residence, has a “lengthy criminal history” of auto theft, burglary and narcotic arrests, according to Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright.
Cano pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking, two counts of attempted carjacking, and a count each of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and criminal threats, all felonies, according to court records. She also admitted sentencing enhancements for personally using a deadly weapon.
–City News Service