Police search for carjacking victims

SANTA ANA One suspect is in jail and is suspected of carjacking a van. Police say that they found a variety of items. They suspect that the items were stolen from a number of people.

Police are concerned that an unidentified family seen in photos found in a digital camera, may have been victims of a robbery.

"We are trying to identify that family to see if they were victimized by that group. We want to find out how their property came into the possession of these suspects," said Crpl. Jose Gonzalez, Santa Ana Police Dept.

The images found on the digital camera were recovered from a van that had been carjacked a day earlier in Santa Ana. The victim turned out to be a taco vender.

"When he was inside preparing food for customers the suspect walked up and unhooked the van and jumped in the front seat of the van," said Crpl. Gonzalez.

Police say that the suspect pulled a gun on the taco vender before driving off. The next day police caught the suspect and a passenger in the stolen vehicle.

The suspect, 29-year-old Sergio Gaytan, lives in Anaheim. He has been described as a Hispanic male who is 6', weighs 180 lbs and has short brown hair.

Police have not released his photo because another alleged victim still has to identify him in a line up.

The victim in that case is a 36-year-old man who was robbed by gunpoint on a street in Santa Ana three weeks earlier.

"The victim did state that his wallet was taken along with a large amount of cash," said Crpl. Gonzalez.

Police allege that some items from his wallet were found with the suspect along with the digital camera with the pictures of the unknown family.

Police are hoping that someone recognizes them so they can return the camera and find out if they were also victims of an armed robbery.

If you have any information please call the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8439.


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