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Car stolen from parents at knifepoint

February 04, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — A 26-year-old man, knife in hand, reportedly forced his parents to turn over the keys of their vehicle to him Saturday; then fled, only to crash the vehicle a short time later.

Daniel Zavala Barraza of Holtville was booked into the county jail on suspicion of strong-arm robbery, auto theft and driving under the influence.

His bail was set at $20,000, but he also was arrested on a no-bail warrant, according to officials at the county Sheriff's Office.

The case started about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. According to the California Highway Patrol, Barraza forced his parents at knifepoint to turn over the keys to their sport-utility vehicle. Barraza then fled.

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While traveling south on Highline Road he failed to navigate a curve and as he approached Hartshorn Road, the vehicle left the roadway.

The vehicle then launched 65 feet into the air and landed on the south edge of a drainage ditch.

Barraza exited the vehicle and walked west on Hartshorn until he found the nearest house. No one was home and Barraza climbed through a window, entered the home and used a telephone.

Gold Cross Ambulance Service paramedics responded and Barraza was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for cuts to his face and a bruised chest.

Upon his release from the hospital, he was booked into the county jail.

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