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Felon arrested in Lake Elsinore after allegedly stealing car


Last updated 4/17/2019 at 3:55pm

LAKE ELSINORE - A wanted felon suspected of stealing a sedan in Orange County and taking it to Lake Elsinore, where he unsuccessfully tried to hide from sheriff's deputies, was being held on Wednesday, April 17 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Francisco Jesus Orozco, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of vehicle theft, obstructing a peace officer, felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm and multiple warrants out of Orange County. He's being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

About 10 a.m. Tuesday, two deputies en route to a call in the 3000 block of Ash Street became suspicious when they spotted Orozco, apparently alarmed by their presence, bolt from the front yard of a residence where an Acura sedan was parked, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Fredericks.

The patrolmen asked the property owner, 30-year-old Ernesto Camarena, whether he knew the suspect and why he thought Orozco was running away, the sergeant said. Camarena denied knowing the convicted felon, according to Fredericks, who said a check on the Acura revealed that it had recently been reported stolen out of Santa Ana.

He said additional deputies were summoned, and a search of the neighborhood was conducted, leading to Orozco's apprehension about two hours later.

An investigation revealed the suspect had warrants pending out of Orange County for assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft, receiving stolen property and other allegations, according to sheriff's officials.

After questioning Camarena, deputies determined that he was a friend of Orozco and was allegedly aware of the Acura's status, according to Fredericks.

Camarena was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer. He posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail Tuesday night.


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