Attempted Carjacking Incident Leaves Victims Injured, Suspect Remains at Large
Above: Undated file photo of Salcida | Courtesy of Riverside SD
Wildomar, California – A terrifying incident unfolded on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at approximately 9:05 PM, when deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station swiftly responded to an attempted carjacking in the 23000 block of Catt Rd, Wildomar. According to the authorities, the suspect forcefully entered an occupied vehicle at the location, launching a violent assault on the driver in an attempt to seize control of the vehicle.
Startling revelations emerged from the subsequent investigation, shedding light on the harrowing sequence of events. The assailant managed to gain access to the driver’s seat, aiming to abscond with the stolen vehicle. However, the driver’s cries for help alerted a courageous witness, who promptly intervened to assist the victim. In a commendable act of bravery, the witness confronted the suspect, resulting in a second assault before the assailant fled the scene before deputies arrived.
Both the victim and the witness, both residents of Wildomar, sustained injuries during the distressing encounter. Thankfully, their injuries were determined to be non-life-threatening, and they declined medical treatment at the scene.
Law enforcement authorities have identified the suspect as 33-year-old David Salcida, a resident of Lake Elsinore. Despite intensive efforts, Salcida remains at large, prompting an active and ongoing search conducted by dedicated deputies.
The investigation into this shocking incident is currently underway, as law enforcement officers meticulously gather evidence and follow leads. Any individual with information regarding the whereabouts of David Salcida is strongly encouraged to come forward and contact Deputy Nickels at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station by dialing 951-245-3300. Alternatively, Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch can be reached at 800-950-2444 to provide vital details related to this case.
As the investigation progresses, the authorities will continue to update the public with any pertinent developments. Media inquiries concerning this incident are directed to the Media Information Bureau, which can provide further information and clarification upon request.
The attempted carjacking incident in Wildomar serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that can arise unexpectedly. The vigilance and swift actions of the witness played a pivotal role in thwarting the assailant’s intentions, highlighting the importance of community awareness and active participation in safeguarding against criminal acts. The authorities remain committed to ensuring the safety and security of residents, tirelessly pursuing all available leads to bring the suspect to justice and prevent any further harm to the community.