One suspect is still wanted by police
Early on Thursday morning, at 6 am, two people were out, most likely for breakfast at the International House of Pancakes on Orangeburg at Evergreen, just across the 99 Freeway from Modesto Junior College.
In the parking lot, according to Heather Graves of the Modesto Police, the man’s car was suddenly surrounded by a truck and an SUV, preventing the car from moving. A man with extensive tattoos covering his arms exited the SUV and approached the driver of the car, pointing a gun at him.
The assailant demanded that he turn over the car, so the victim and his passenger, no doubt fearing for their lives, exited the car quickly. The armed man then got in the car, and all three vehicles quickly left the scene, heading south on North Carpenter Road, which passes over the freeway and past the college.
The victims then reported the carjacking, and Modesto Police began an immediate search of the area for the stolen car. It wasn’t long before an officer spotted the car, followed by the truck, as it passed the Central Catholic High School, and reached California Avenue in rural west Modesto. The officers pulled over the two vehicles, and with backup called for, found 38-year-old Nathaniel Souza driving the stolen car. He was immediately detained, while the occupants of the truck, two 39-year-old women, were also taken into custody. A gun was also found in the truck. Angela Dizney and Kymbirlee Mogelberg, along with Souza, were arrested for carjacking and conspiracy. Dizney was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The SUV that participated in the box-in maneuver was not seen when the other two were captured, and the driver, believed to be a man, is still wanted. Anyone with information that may help in the case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.