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Attempted murder, carjacking and robbery charges were filed Monday against an 18-year-old Santa Ana woman accused, with a teenage boy, in an attack on a motorist who was shot despite turning over the keys to her SUV.

Janet Morales, who also faces sentencing enhancement allegations of attempted premeditated murder and knowing another person involved in the robbery was armed, was scheduled to make her initial court appearance this afternoon in Santa Ana, according to court records.

It was not immediately clear if charges have been filed against the alleged shooter, a 17-year-old Santa Ana boy whose name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Snta Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said the victim was approached just before midnight last Thursday in the 1400 block of South Shelton Street. The suspects, who were in a black sedan, pulled up to her Nissan Xterra and Morales allegedly knocked on the window, asking for a cigarette lighter.

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When the driver got out of the SUV to oblige Morales, the 17-year-old pointed a gun at the victim and demanded her keys, Bertagna alleged. The woman handed over the keys, but the teen is accused of shooting her twice anyway.

The teen got into the black sedan and drove off while Morales took the wheel of the victim’s car, Bertagna alleged.

About 2 a.m. Friday, police spotted the Xterra at a Chevron station at 1104 S. Bristol St. and arrested Morales and the boy, he said.

The victim was hospitalized, but was expected to survive, Bertagna said. Her name was withheld.

–City News Service

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