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Woman Carjacked at Knifepoint at Temecula Park, Police Confirm

The car allegedly stolen during Monday night's incident turned up in the Morongo Valley-Yucca Valley area, but the suspect remains outstanding, a Temecula police sergeant said Wednesday.

Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park (Photo: Flickr/The City of Temecula)
Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park (Photo: Flickr/The City of Temecula)

Temecula police are still searching for a man suspected of carjacking a woman at knifepoint while she sat waiting for her daughter at soccer practice, a sergeant said.

Temecula police Sgt. Curt Harris said that about 8 p.m. Monday, the woman was parked and waiting to pick up her teenaged daughter at Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park when a man allegedly slid in the passenger side of her white 2013 Mazda SUV and brandished a knife.

“At knifepoint, he took the car and drove off,” Harris said, noting the victim was not injured during the ordeal. “She was a little shaken up, obviously, but she was fine, unharmed.”

According to Harris, the license plate number of the vehicle was promptly flagged as stolen in a law enforcement database.

As it turned out, California Highway Patrol in the Morongo Valley-Yucca Valley area encountered the SUV early Tuesday morning when they attempted to stop its driver on suspicion of DUI, Harris said.

A pursuit ensued that ended in a crash; however, multiple subjects riding in the vehicle evaded capture, Harris went on to say.

Therefore, the carjacking suspect was still outstanding of Wednesday, he said.

Based on witness accounts, Harris said the knife-wielding perpetrator was described as an African American man between 20 and 25 years old and between 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was clean shaven and wore a dark-colored baseball hat, a white pullover shirt and baggy pants, according to the sergeant.

“Unfortunately we don’t have much to go on but maybe somebody will recognize that kind of person walking around or have some more information,” Harris said. “We encourage them to call if they do.”

No other suspects were seen at the park, he noted.

Residents were reminded to always be alert to their surroundings.

“Even though Temecula is still a fairly safe city you still need to be cognizant of your surroundings...Unfortunately that is the era we are living in these days,” Harris said.

Anyone who may have further information regarding the incident or the suspect can call 951-696-3000 and ask for the on-duty watch commander.
Nubia Jara October 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM
JJ McLure, you should keep those comments to yourself, they show your ignorance.
glenn decicco October 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Besides the cost of living in that area and socal in general, the strange influx of people into temecula murrieta area who look to be whacked out on drugs more often than not are just a few reasons i moved to texas. You never know which law abiding citizen is is gonna pull a gun if someone tries to carjack them or whatever. Never hear about that stuff here. Oh and they let prisoners out here too...... By lethal injection.
southernbelle October 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM
This sounds a whole lot like the exact description of the assault on the cleaning lady at TVHS a month or so back! I'd wager he lives in the area, doesn't deviate much from his style of dressing by much, and is just a young punk flexing his muscles right now---but if it is the same person, he's getting braver and bolder, and crimes are getting worse. 8;00PM, at a busy park with tons of sports kids, is a pretty bold move.
Shellz3 October 17, 2013 at 10:15 AM
For those that say Temecula is becoming "unsafe", sorry people, but we don't live in a "protected bubble"...stuff like this happens EVERYWHERE, and guess what, "gasp", happens within the finest neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, Calabasas...why...because sh*t happens! We don't live in a perfect world. And for those blaming it all on the casino, then why the he11 did you move by it! Some of these comments are so outrageous and unrealistic. Go live on the corner of DayDreamng and Wish Full Thinking. Or better yet, go live in the middle of nowhere. Always lock all doors and windows I say...you aren't safe anywhere anymore, it's the reality of this century.
Alek J Hidell October 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM
close down that casino. close down that reservation. This is not an apartheid country. You do not give certain ethnic groups privilege. Those reservations were designed as concentration camps anyway
wolfcreek October 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Totally agree with Shellz, this is a safe City. Most of the crimes I read about are random and committed by out of town low life scum bags. For those that find this city unsafe, go find a safer city where no crime exists.
Rob Murillo October 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM
@JJ Mclure.. You just want attention.. You act Like Mexicans and Blacks are the only ones who commit crimes.. My Best Friend was slain by a "white" in a Murrieta bar.. and if that wasn't enough the killer was an off duty deputy. Criminals come in all colors, shapes and sizes.. This guy JJ Mclure must not have better things to do than to always comment on the patch.. along with Alek , and This Brenda person always commenting on here.. please make yourselves useful human beings and contribute to society in some way other than just making dumb comments on the patch ..
SA October 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
It is all about situational awareness … be mindful of your surrounding and do not be afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by locking your car doors, rolling up your windows or driving off when you see someone that looks suspicious to you i.e. PROFILE. PC / Liberals have weakened society which as empowered criminals…
S Smith October 17, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Compared to where I lived in an upscale area of the OC, Temecula is Mayberry. Crime happens, even in the best neighborhoods, and in fact the more you have the more you may attract those that want it. People out of Work and desperate, idiots on Meth , folks with gambling problems. It is all a part of that area around Pecahnga. Dont blame the Pechanga folks, you will see these same folks at Walmart too. Only nice thing about Temecula, I find residents are more willing to step up and stop crime when they can. Ladies carry your pepper spray and tasers, and be aware of surroundings. Have that quick dial on the cell phone to 911. Be Safe!
Aguilar October 17, 2013 at 01:15 PM
I don't care what color they are. I locked my car door the other day when a white man walked by. Sometimes I forget, and when someone on foot is close to my car, I say "oops" and lock it...simple at that! Don't let what these race baters say on T.V. get control of you.
Steve Newman October 17, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Close down aleks mouth- he is causing the air to be polluted with his vile breath. Take your un american butt and leave- go back to Bali-they need more gardeners.
JJ Mclure October 17, 2013 at 07:34 PM
lock the door and shoot any no whites
JJ Mclure October 17, 2013 at 07:36 PM
deportation solves the problem
Shannan Buffolino October 17, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I do have to say that for the most part, Temecula is a great place to raise a family. I know people respond to my complaints by saying move, but I love Temecula, and I get very angry and protective when it comes to Temecula and people here in the community, and people who just want to come here and enjoy a nice weekend in wine country, or the pechanga, and they either have a ride arranged or they take a cab..anyone who has anything to lose by being in an alcohol related accident or worse would pay or pitch in for a cab.or something safe. So I will stay here, and get more people involved and aware in doing their part to be the eyes and ears for our police here. We have gotten more involved in our neighborhood watch, and we all realize that you can live anywhere and do everything possible to keep safe, and then bad things happen, from people who do AND don't live in. The neighborhood, but report any and all suspicious activity, to the nonemergency number here is 951 696 HELP..and they tell us that you don't need to feel like you don't want to bother them in as you are wrong, but that is what that number is for, call report and let them decide , but why it's important is the keep records or reports, and this helps when there is a crime and maybe a suspect or incident was reported by numerous people and this is how they solve crimes and stop future ones. Be aware, TURN YOUR OUTSIDE. LIGHTS ON, big referential, lights up your block, Lock your doors in the day and night, a lot happens in the day too, and also the back door. And wave at everyone that drives by when you are outside..look up and around when you are doing things out front..I hate when people look at the ground and avoid eye contact so they don't have to wave..but hey, the criminals love those kinds of homeowners
Timber October 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Ah, JJ McIgnorance has a following...and some posts deleted...shocking. Divisive much, are we?
K4299R October 18, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Alek you're an idiot...
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Stephen H October 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM
@Shannan. Temecula needs more people like you Shannan. I live in Wolf Creek also and have seen some activity that makes me uncomfortable. My neighbor had his car broken into a couple weeks ago while sitting in his driveway. I would like to start a neighborhood watch in my surrounding blocks of homes. Feel free to reach out so we can make this beautiful city a safer place to enjoy.
KB October 18, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Reason #93 not to live in Wolf Creek - to close to the casino.
Daddy Is An Evil Genius October 18, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Lol KB, what is reason #91 and #92?
Martisa October 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Wait -A-Minute...Birdsall don't have camera's? I'm not happy about that, I mean...we have to pay the highest taxes in the country, which is partly why I thought we were so safe...But we need to make sure major parks like this have camera's. LADIES ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS, and we must look out for each other. My son is dropped off at that Park every morning to continue his walk to school...We been in this area for years, and I still think about who could be behind me. There is NO SUCH THING AS TOTAL SAFETY, there are always predator's lurking for your blood.
Daddy Is An Evil Genius October 22, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Martisa is right, we need to look out for each other. Gentlemen, dont let a lady walk to a car alone in a dark parking lot. Keep your eyes open when the scene evolves into a perfect setting for a predator. Ladies stick together. Parents dont let your children go into the restrooms without you. We all know this but get lax or lulled into a false sense of safety because we live in such a nice city.
Steve Newman October 22, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Marista- "Birdsong don't have cameras" -DON'T. How about doesn't. And you live in the area with the highest taxes in the country-I think some people would take exception to that- New York for example-Palm Springs, Palm Desert, many others with higher taxes than temecula.
Martisa October 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Steve Newman, this is a post, not a college classroom and since I'm not looking for grades...Humor is always the next level in posting on blogs, emails, or anything that is pure chatter. Now, as far as the taxes, I'm pretty sure everyone with that since of HUMOR knows that I was just chattering, but for those who don't have a clue (STEVE)...It was chatter, I am a Public Administration Major and I know a little something about these things, I don't (LOL) need to learn on this poster. As for those who understand we need to watch out for each other, I think you know what I mean. Oh yeah, Steve...You spelled my name wrong... LOL!
Steve Newman October 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
That was humor-like it? And when you make a statement that you thought we were safe because of high taxes- that is not chattering- that is lack of knowledge. If you are a Public Administration major, you should at least know who pays the higher taxes- but you are probably studying to be an intern.
Martisa October 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Steve Newman, why are you trying to pick a fight with me? I don't know you and I don't really care to, especially since you seem to be on this site ALL THE TIME trying to pick fights with one person or another? Higher taxes was not my real issue with the situation, but the "crime" that took place in my neighborhood is the concern. If you were at all concerned about anything more than picking a fight with someone you do not know, and never will...Why not be more concerned about the lady who was carjacked, in our neighborhood, rather than worrying about my tax statement or my chattering? It's called community...Do you have any idea what that means, let's see...I am worried about the lady and the crimes that have recently been taking place, not your little minor concern about my writing skill or your arrogance in trying to correct a person who could care less about your minor concern. Be a child on disney.com it looks better there... Good day!
Daddy Is An Evil Genius October 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Steve Newman, why are you being so petty and hateful. I think it was obvious, the point Martisa was trying to make. Its clear that she isnt saying that Temecula is ranked #1 of all cities in tax payments. It was a general comment saying that we pay a hell of a lot in taxes and we thought that might "buy us a little more safety". A reasonable expectation in my opinion. Instead of joining her in her concern and care for others you decide to nitpick and attack. I too have noticed this pattern of meaningless and numerous attacks on your part. Come to think of it...where were YOU on the night of the knifepoint carjacking at Birdsall Park? BTW, it is not Birdsong, it's Birdsall.
Maggie Avants (Editor) November 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM
UPDATE: http://temecula.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/temecula-carjacking-suspect-arrested-in-29-palms
Laura November 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM
I'm with Daniel. A bullet usually trumps a blade and we don't have to spend all of our tax dollars in prosecuting the loser just so Jerry Brown can let him out early. At which time, we start the process over with his next crime against a law abiding citizen. He's back...........very similar to Jerry actually. We need to learn from our mistakes the first time people!! LOL
ChrisG November 15, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Thanks for the laughs. Steve really gets people going.

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