LAPD chases carjacker who escapes on skateboard

Forget a getaway car.

A man wanted for carjacking tried to flee from police on a skateboard in Los Angeles last month.

In footage released by police on Friday, Pedro Villalobos can be seen abruptly jumping out of a stolen pick-up truck holding a skateboard after losing control of the vehicle in a police chase .

Half a dozen police officers who had been stalking Villalobos in the unpredictable and dangerous 6am chase had raised their guns as he abandoned the truck with a trailer attached.

“Hold on! Let me see your hands!” The cops can be heard warning.

Instead, Villalobos – wearing a hard-to-miss reflective yellow vest – launched down the dark street and gently jumped onto the skateboard, video shows.

The carjacker almost falls.
The carjacker nearly fell several times while being chased by LA cops.
Youtube/Los Angeles Police Department

Pedro Villalobos is attacked by an officer as he tries to escape on his skateboard.
Pedro Villalobos is attacked by an officer as he tries to escape on his skateboard.
Youtube/Los Angeles Police Department

“Several officers pursued Villalobos on foot while additional units drove past Villalobos’ position,” LA Police said in a statement.

However, the accused crook did not get far.

An officer driving past Villalobo’s path jumped out of his squad car, knocking him off his board as he attempted to bypass the officer.

Villalobos fell to the ground and was quickly covered by four officers.

The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of an injury to his right leg sustained in the fall, prompting a police investigation into the incident – the department has a duty to investigate any prosecution-related injuries.

He was later charged with two counts of vehicle theft and negligent evasive maneuvers. LAPD chases carjacker who escapes on skateboard


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