Sometimes we all feel as if the world is getting more and more dangerous, that the media reports the occurrence of so much crime on a daily basis that people must be changing for the worse. Evidently, this is simply not so! A group of men recently stopped a carjacking in San Diego, to the relief of the mother and her child who were in the vehicle at the time. These men were all strangers. They simply saw a crime occurring and acted upon it, taking the car keys from the would-be carjacker’s hands, pulling him out of the car, and detaining him until local law enforcement officials could arrest him.
The suspect in this case (21) (name withheld in order to protect the privacy of the accused) was arrested for carjacking (CA Penal Code 215) a felony offense and is a “strike” under California’s three strikes law. In order to prove that he did indeed commit this particular crime, prosecutors will find it necessary to show that he used ‘force or fear.’ In other words, they will have to prove that he either threatened to physically harm the occupants of the car or actually did harm them. What is certain is that the men who prevented this alleged crime should be commended for their actions.