Confrontation with Police Leads to Arrest of Thwarted Carjacker
HEMET – A San Diego man believed to be attempting to carjack vehicles was arrested after a struggle with Hemet Police Officers.
Just before 2:00 p.m. on February 23rd, the City of Hemet Police department received calls reporting that there was a man attempting to carjack passing vehicles in the 4100 block of W. Florida Avenue. According to the callers, the suspect attempted to forcibly enter vehicles as they were stopped for the traffic signal.
Hemet Police Officers approached a man matching the description of the suspect and in the 4100 block of W. Florida Avenue and attempted to detain him.
According to a press release, the suspect, Antwione Ewing, 24, refused to comply with the officers commands to stop and fought with them as they attempted to detain him.
Ultimately, officers were able to detained Ewing, but he reportedly continued to fight with and kick at the officers as they walked him to their vehicle.
Authorities report that the resistance did not end there. Ewing was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance where he was said to have attempted to assault a nurse and fought with the officers escorting him.
Hemet police report that further investigation revealed that Ewing had stolen a set of keys from a car dealership in the 4100 block of W. Florida Avenue but was unable to locate the vehicle the keys belonged to.
He then attempted to carjack a female victim who had stopped for the red light but was unable to get into her vehicle. Ewing was positively identified as the suspect by the victims. Neither of the victims were injured.
Ewing was arrested for robbery, attempted carjacking, and resisting arrest through force or fear. His bail was set at $60,000.00.