Carjacking in Irvine Occurs During Pursuit

Monday, February 26, 2018

Irvine, Calif.  (Feb. 26, 2018) – A female Irvine resident was the victim of a carjacking during a pursuit initiated outside of the City on Monday.

On Monday evening, the Santa Ana Police Department informed the Irvine Police Department of a pursuit in which a suspect was driving in and out of Irvine. At approximately 5:40 p.m., the suspect came to a dead end on Rosa Drew. At that time, a female Irvine resident was backing up her black Audi SUV. The suspect exited his vehicle, opened the door of the Audi and pulled the woman from her vehicle.

The victim’s brother drove up and saw the crime occurring. When he tried to intervene, the suspect pushed the gas, endangering the brother. He also nearly hit the female victim with the car. Neither victim was injured during the incident. 

The suspect then left the area, at which point the pursuit continued. The pursuit terminated a short time later in the area of Kelvin and Jamboree. The Santa Ana Police Department arrested the suspect, identified as Antonio Padilla, Jr., 37.

Anyone with information on the carjacking incident is asked to call the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7000.