Suspected carjacker case declined by prosecutors

FILE PHOTO: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

In the “interest of justice,” prosecutors have declined to pursue the criminal case against a man accused of carjacking and kidnapping in connection with an incident at Six Flags Magic Mountain Sunday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Despite the fast-thinking efforts by staffers at Six Flags Magic Mountain, who alerted security officers and in turn local sheriff’s deputies, to a suspected carjacking and kidnapping at the amusement park, the case against the suspect has been dropped.

“The case was declined in the interest of justice,” Ricardo Santiago, DA spokesman said Friday.

Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station had arrested a 22-year-old Buena Park man on suspicion of carjacking, a felony.

“The couple from China were leaving the parking lot when the suspect jumped in car, attempting to carjack them,” Shirley Miller, sheriff’s spokeswoman, told The Signal Tuesday.

An “alert” Six Flags parking attendant, Magic Mountain Security (staffers) and a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy coordinated with each other to catch the suspect, she said.

When the park staffer spotted the carjacking, the staffer then alerted the park’s Security Supervisor who was nearby.

The supervisor then “turned his lights and siren on and the suspect exited the car and took off on foot,” Miller said.


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