Suspects Used Halloween Mask in Attempted Carjackings

VISALIA – Two people were arrested Monday afternoon on accusations that they tried to carjack people in a parking garage in downtown Visalia near a hospital.

Police arrested 25-year-old Brittney Gipson and his girlfriend 26-year-old Veronica Baker and booked them into Tulare County Main Jail, where they are both being held on $100,000 bail.

Officers responded to a parking structure near Kaweah Delta Medical Center around 3:30 p.m. after they received multiple calls about a man and woman trying to carjack victims at gun point. They reported that the man was wearing a “Scream” Halloween mask while holding what appeared to be a weapon and pointing it at the victims.

According to authorities, the two suspects demanded keys to their cars from two victims, who refused. The victims were able to get away and call 911. Meanwhile, the two suspects fled the scene.

Police were able to catch up to Gipson and Baker two blocks from the scene near a movie theater. The “Scream” mask and a gun, which turned out to be an airsoft gun, were located in Baker’s purse.

Gipson and Baker were arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy.

Gipson is a parolee with a history of arrests just this year, including arrests on charges of having methamphetamine and rape.

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Categories: San Joaquin
Tags: car jacking

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Elizabeth Warmerdam

Beth Warmerdam is a freelance journalist based out of Reedley. She graduated from Fresno State in 2004 with a BA in print journalism and has worked for several newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing, Beth enjoys being a stay-at-home mom, trying to keep up with her 2-year-old son, Zachary.

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