Arrests Made In Early Morning Carjacking

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Two arrests have been made after police say a brazen crook carjacked a man at gunpoint while at a red light early Thursday morning.

Police arrested Amarante Vialpando and Brittany Hartwick shortly after the incident.

According to police, the victim was sitting at a red light just after 1:20 a.m. at the Academy and Hancock Expressway intersection when a Trailblazer pulled up beside him. The passenger, who police believe was Vialpando, jumped out of the vehicle and approached the victim, then held a pistol to his head and demanded his Honda Civic.

After the victim complied, police say Vialpando climbed into the Civic and began driving away, the Trailblazer following.

The Trailblazer ran a red light at the intersection, causing an oncoming Toyota to collide with it. The occupants of the Toyota sustained minor injuries.

The Trailblazer was abandoned a short distance from the Academy and Hancock intersection. The driver was nowhere to be found.

A short time later, police responded to burglary call at the residence listed to the Trailblazer, and saw a man fitting the description of the carjacking suspect. Vialpando was arrested.

Police say Hartwick, the owner of the Trailblazer, tried to report a motor vehicle theft, but was found to be involved in the robbery. She was also arrested.

The stolen Honda Civic is reportedly black with a red spoiler, and has white lettering on it that says "SoCal."

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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