A woman from Hesperia is facing charges of carjacking and kidnapping after she hopped into and drove away in a car that was left idling with an elderly woman inside at the West Valley Detention Center Thursday.
According to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Detective Matthew Gordon, 24 year-old Monique Irene Cadena, had just gotten out of jail in Rancho Cucamonga after she was arrested at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning in Victorville on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
CBS Los Angeles reports that witnesses who were in the visitor area of the jail said that just moments before the incident they spotted the suspect going up to people and talking to them in order to get a ride.
It’s believed by the investigators that when the suspect left the jail, she spotted the 2004 white Hyundai Sonata that was left parked and running and got in and fled the area with the elderly woman in tow.
Just minutes later, deputies found the older woman who had been dropped off by the suspect, unharmed at a gas station at Valley and Cherry avenues in Fontana. They took the lady back to the jail and interviewed her before returning her to her family.
Authorities said that after a broad search of the area, they found Cadena around 10 p.m. at Sierra and Foothill in Fontana, still in the stolen vehicle.
The suspect is being held on $250,000 bail, and is scheduled to make her first court appearance on the new charges this Friday.