Murrieta man arrested on suspicion of carjacking

A Murrieta man was arrested on Saturday after Sheriff's detectives determined he was responsible for a carjacking and motorcycle theft...

A Murrieta man was arrested on Saturday after Sheriff's detectives determined he was responsible for a carjacking and motorcycle theft in two separate incidents in Temecula, authorities said.

The first incident occurred April 12, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The victim reported he was sitting in his pickup truck in his driveway when a white male adult with a handgun demanded the vehicle and escaped with it. The victim was not hurt.

On Saturday, about 2 p.m., officers responded to the report of a stolen motorcycle in the 42000 block of Orange Blossom Drive in Temecula. According to the victim, the suspect left a pickup truck with the victim as collateral while he "test drove" a motorcycle the victim had advertised for sale on the Internet. The suspect never returned, and officers determined the pickup truck left at the residence was the vehicle stolen on April 12.

Officers with the San Jacinto Police Department located the stolen motorcycle about 7:44 p.m. Saturday at a private residence in the 2000 block of Tall Grass Court in San Jacinto. Ryan Wilhite, 28, was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for both crimes and the vehicles were processed for evidence.



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