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Hearing is set in GG Lyft carjacking

A HEARING has been set for Nov. 15 in the case of a man accused of carjacking a Lyft vehicle in Garden Grove earlier this year.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15 in the case of a Garden Grove man accused of carjacking, robbing and assaulting a Lyft driver in Garden Grove earlier this year.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Luis Alberto Zaragoza, was charged in Central Justice Center in Santa Ana with felony offenses for carjacking, first-degree robbery, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and a sentencing enhancement for the injury.

The hearing will be at 8:30 a.m. at West Justice Center in Westminster. A pre-trial conference is set for Thursday, Nov. 1, also at 8:30. If convicted of all counts, he faces a possible sentence of 14 years and four months in state prison.

Authorities say that on March 10, Zaragoza used the ride-sharing service to request a ride from a bar in Garden Grove. Just before 2 a.m., the Lyft driver arrived, and the suspect allegedly got in the car and told the driver to stop at a McDonald’s drive-through.

At that point, Zaragoza allegedly shouted obscenities at the driver, punched and kicked him in the head and dragged him out of the vehicle, then drove away with the auto.

Garden Grove police investigated the incident and arrested Zaragoza on June 11, 2018.


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