Riverside CA Jan 12 2017 Two convicted felons accused of attacking a Riverside motorist who refused to hand over the keys to his car, then battering a security guard who tried to help, were charged Wednesday, Jan. 11, with attempted carjacking.
Angel Manuel Limon, 23, and Alexander Mitchell Zamora, 28, both of Riverside, were arrested Monday after the alleged attack in the 7600 block of Railroad Avenue, just off Madison Street.
Along with attempted carjacking, Limon is charged with assault resulting in injuries, while Zamora is additionally charged with probation violations. They both pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in Riverside County Superior Court, records show, and both remain in jail.
According to Riverside police, the victim was sitting in his car in a parking lot about 1:30 p.m. Monday when a man approached him.
“The suspect demanded the victim's vehicle and punched him several times through the open window when he refused,” according to a police statement. “A security guard on duty nearby observed the altercation and attempted to intervene. The suspect, who identified himself as a law enforcement officer, then battered the guard before getting into an awaiting vehicle and fleeing.”
A K9 unit spotted the defendants less than an hour later in the area of Brockton and Indiana avenues, where they were stopped and arrested.
According to court records, Limon has a prior conviction for spousal abuse and has served time in state prison within the last five years. Zamora has prior convictions for grand theft, burglary and battery, records show.