MAN CHARGED WITH CARJACKING, ROBBING, AND ASSAULTING LYFT DRIVER IN GARDEN GROVE

SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was charged today with carjacking, robbing, and assaulting a Lyft driver in Garden Grove.

Defendant Charges Maximum Sentence Court Date
Luis Alberto Zaragoza, 27, Garden Grove Charged today with the following felony counts:

  • Carjacking
  • First degree robbery
  • Assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury

Sentencing Enhancements:

  • Great bodily injury
14 years and four months in state prison Pre-trial Hearing

June 21, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department W-1, West Justice Center, Santa Ana

Circumstances of the Case

  • During the early morning hours of March 10, 2018, Zaragoza is accused of using the ride share app “Lyft” to request a ride from a bar in Garden Grove.
  • Shortly prior to 2:00 a.m., the defendant’s Lyft driver arrived and Zaragoza is accused of entering the vehicle and instructing the driver to stop at a McDonald’s drive-thru.
  • The defendant is further accused of yelling obscenities at the driver, assaulting the victim by punching and kicking him in the head, and dragging the victim out of the vehicle before fleeing the scene.
  • Garden Grove Police Department investigated this case and arrested Zaragoza on June 11, 2018.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos, Special Prosecutions Unit

Orange County District Attorney / Case # 18WF1349 / June 13, 2018

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