Hemet, Calif. — On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at approximately 12:27 pm, the Hemet Public Safety Communications Center received a call regarding a carjacking in the 1200 block of South Sanderson Avenue in Hemet. A witness described two males pushing an elderly female, taking her keys, and stealing her Toyota pickup truck.

With the use of Flock Safety cameras, the Hemet Police Department was able to track down the route of the stolen pickup, which was traversing eastbound in the city of Hemet. 

Officers located the occupied pickup near the 1300 block of South Buena Vista and, with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit (Star 9), immediately set a perimeter in the area with officers on the ground and a drone from the department’s Drone as a First Responder program.

Officers found one male suspect hiding in a nearby apartment complex. With the help of K-9 Bosco, officers located and apprehended the second suspect, who was hiding near the stolen vehicle.

Both suspects will be charged with Carjacking (PC 215) and Resisting Arrest (PC 148).