Robber Arrested After Pistol-Whipping Pizza Delivery Driver, Holing up Inside Santa Ana Home Overnight: Police

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Authorities on Wednesday morning arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob and carjack a pizza delivery driver in Santa Ana before fleeing from officers and barricading himself inside a family's home for several hours.

Santa Ana police said the nearly 12-hour ordeal began around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when the perpetrator tried to rob a Pizza Hut delivery driver who was at the end of his shift near a Chevron gas station on Bristol Street.

The robber, whose identity has not been released, pistol-whipped the victim and attempted to take his car when a law enforcement patrol vehicle nearby prompted him to run, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Officers gave chase as the man ran into a residential neighborhood a mile away in the 3000 block of Thornton Street, according to police. He subsequently forced his way into a home, where he confronted a father who yelled to his wife, daughter and granddaughter to go upstairs, Bertagna said.

With help from a helicopter unit, officers set up a perimeter and arrived at the home to get the family out, including the three female residents from the second floor.

Meanwhile, the perpetrator refused to exit the house for the next several hours and remained inside until a police K-9 took him into custody at around 7 a.m., Bertagna said.

The man was taken to the hospital for injuries he suffered from the K-9, the corporal added. Police planned to book him on suspicion of robbery, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Officers used a flash-bang grenade, teargas and a robot during the standoff, Bertagna said.

The delivery driver received treatment for lacerations on his face and head but has since been released from the hospital, according to police






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