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The unofficial “Santa Ana Welcoming Committee” appeared in court on Friday “after being arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and carjacking a man at gunpoint who was washing his car Wednesday, police say,” according to the O.C. Register.

Here is the rest of the Register’s article:

Pablo Moctezuma, 34, and Nicanor Gonzalez, 22, both of Santa Ana, are accused of going up to a 55-year-old man who was washing his car at a car wash at 17th and Euclid streets and forcing him into his car at gunpoint, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Stephen Colon.

About 4:15 p.m. a motorcycle officer spotted a 1991 Honda speeding on the 2700 block of W. 5th Street, Colon said. When the officer attempted to pull over the Honda, it failed to stop and a short pursuit ensued.

When the Honda stopped at 100 N. Jackson Street, Moctezuma and Gonzalez jumped out of the car and ran. Moctezuma, who was the driver, was quickly arrested and Gonzalez was arrested about 30 minutes later at 3400 W. 5th Street, Colon said.

As officers checked the Honda, they discovered the 55-year-old man, of Lake Forest, in the back seat, along with a hand gun used in the crime, Colon said.

“One suspect drove while the other held the man at gunpoint,” Colon said.

The man was held hostage for about 15 minutes.

Memo to our friends from south Orange County – when you are in Pulido country, you better watch out! Didn’t Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez recently say, at a Council meeting, that there is no crime in Santa Ana? Maybe she needs a drug test?

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