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Cathedral City would-be carjacker arrested

A would-be carjacker was arrested, accused of trying to pull a man out of his car at a signal in Cathedral City on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

September 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A would-be carjacker was arrested, accused of trying to pull a man out of his car at a light in Cathedral City.

The incident happened at the intersection of Date Palm and Dinah Shore drives at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

The victim told authorities that while he was stopped at a red light, he noticed a black Lincoln Navigator pull up behind him. He said a man got out of that car, walked up to his window and threatened him with a handgun, telling him to get out of the vehicle.

That's when the victim said he sped through the intersection and dialed 911.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, authorities tracked down a black Navigator in the 68500 block of Ramon Road. During a search of the car, police found a gun. Police said the victim later positively identified the suspect as the man who threathened him.

The suspect, 26-year-old Marcos Anthony Espinoza of Cathedral City, was booked into the Larson Justice Center in Indio. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The victim was not harmed in this incident.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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