Woman in Custody After Allegedly Carjacking Taxi in South L.A.

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A woman was taken into custody in South Los Angeles after she allegedly carjacked a taxi early Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2015. (Credit: ANG)

A woman was taken into custody early Thursday morning after she carjacked a taxi in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The crime occurred about 12:40 a.m. in the 800 block of West 93rd Street, where the woman “used bodily force” and threatened to use a weapon while stealing the vehicle, said Lt. Gordon Olson of the Los Angeles Police Department. The taxi driver was unharmed in the incident.

After the woman fled in the vehicle, the LAPD’s Southeast Division broadcasted a bulletin describing the theft. She was subsequently located by 77th Division officers, who conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of South Budlong Avenue and West 59th Street, Olson said.

According to the lieutenant, the woman pulled over but initially did not obey the officers’ orders to exit the taxi. She complied and was taken into custody after police fired multiple beanbag rounds, the LAPD said.

No injuries were reported.

Correction: An earlier version of this article erroneously reported the time of day that the carjacking took place. The post has been updated.