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Case # 18WF1349

Date: June 13, 2018

MAN CHARGED WITH CARJACKING, ROBBING, AND ASSAULTING LYFT DRIVER IN GARDEN GROVE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with carjacking, robbing, and assaulting a Lyft driver in Garden Grove.

Defendant: Luis Alberto Zaragoza, 27, Garden Grove

Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • Carjacking
  • First degree robbery
  • Assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury
  • Sentencing Enhancements:
    • Great bodily injury

Maximum Sentence: 14 years and four months in state prison

Pre-trial Hearing on June 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m. at Department W-1, West Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • During the early morning hours of March 10, 2018, Zaragoza is accused of using the ride share app “Lyft” to request a ride from a bar in Garden Grove.
  • Shortly prior to 2:00 a.m., the defendant’s Lyft driver arrived and Zaragoza is accused of entering the vehicle and instructing the driver to stop at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
  • The defendant is further accused of yelling obscenities at the driver, assaulting the victim by punching and kicking him in the head, and dragging the victim out of the vehicle before fleeing the scene.
  • Garden Grove Police Department investigated this case and arrested Zaragoza on June 11, 2018.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit.

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

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