Authorities Seek Woman Suspected in Orange County Carjacking Spree

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Police on Tuesday continued searching for a woman suspected of going on a carjacking spree in Orange County.

Police responded after an attempted carjacking in Tustin on Monday, March 9, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

Police responded after an attempted carjacking in Tustin on Monday, March 9, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, the unidentified woman approached a female driver who was sitting in a car in a parking lot in the 17000 block of Von Karman Avenue, according to a news release from the Irvine Police Department.

The car's windows were closed when "the suspect confronted the victim and attempted to carjack her by ordering her out of the car, but the victim refused and the suspect fled," the release said.

Moments later, the carjacker walked up to a male driver who was sitting in his car in the parking lot. She brandished a knife and ordered the victim to get out of the vehicle, police said. After he complied, the woman got into the car and fled the scene.

Neither victim was injured, authorities said.

Irvine police officers responded to the location after the male victim called 911.

A countywide law-enforcement broadcast was made regarding the incident, and the stolen vehicle was found about 6:15 p.m. by officers from the Costa Mesa Police Department, officials said.

The woman being sought was described as Hispanic, in her 20s, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 130 pounds. She was wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans, Irvine police said.

She was likely involved in an attempted carjacking that was reported in Tustin about 7:09 p.m., according to the Tustin Police Department.

The female victim in that incident was physically assaulted by a woman who tried to steal her vehicle in the 3000 block of Edinger Avenue, police said in a statement. The attacker, who was not armed, fled the scene.

The victim was transported to a hospital, where she was treated and later released, the statement said.

Tustin police described the attacker as Hispanic, 18 to 23 years old, with a medium to heavy build, wearing a black hat and black clothing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7000 or Tustin police Detective Lomeli at 714-573-3250.