Tustin: Armed Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Prompting SWAT Response

Photo by Tustin Police Department

08.17.2021 | 11:02 PM | TUSTIN – A 21-year-old man was arrested after an armed carjacking that left a woman injured, late Tuesday night.

The incident began to unfold shortly after 11:00 PM Tuesday night when police located a female adult lying in lanes on Red Hill Avenue.

Officers quickly learned that the woman had been carjacked by an armed suspect, sustaining minor injuries in the process.

Firefighter paramedics treated the woman and transported her to an area hospital as patrol officers scoured the area for the suspect.

Patrol officers later located the victim’s vehicle parked in the driveway of a home near the intersection of Red Hill and Bryan avenues.

With the assistance of the joint Irvine-Tustin SWAT team along with other resources, officers surrounded the home for hours as an they attempted to make contact with the suspect.

It was later determined that the suspect had fled the home and was taken into custody in Santa Ana without further incident. His weapon, an unserialized AR-style rifle, was also recovered.

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Nathan Mejia, of Tustin. He is expected to be charged carjacking, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Mejia has previously been charged with possession of a loaded firearm was on bail at the time of his arrest.

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