Fashion Island carjacking suspect leads police on chase, standoff in Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A 26-year-old man was arrested and is suspected of a crime spree that includes two carjackings at Fashion Island and then leading police on a chase and standoff in Newport Beach.
The Newport Beach Police Department first became aware of a carjacking just after 3:30 p.m. The suspect, identified by Newport Beach PD as Alfredo M. Hopgood then ditched the first car he allegedly stole when it became disabled, and then grabbed a black Jeep Cherokee. He failed to yield to officers and a short chase ensued to a residential area.
Authorities set up a perimeter and evacuated homes in the Dover Shores community where the suspect ran away. Officers searched backyards and terrain in the area for the hours-long standoff.
By 9 p.m., Hopgood surrendered to authorities.
Hopgood faces multiple charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm, theft using force, and carjacking.