SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department arrested a woman who was involved in an attempted carjacking and hit-and-run incident on Saturday, June 10, in downtown Santa Monica.
According to police officials, the incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on 2nd Street, between Broadway and Colorado Boulevards, when a driver stepped out of his pick-up truck to confront a bicyclist. The suspect, who has been identified as 37-year-old Loriana Christine Tippin from Texacarna, Texas, allegedly got into the running truck and drove away.
The car’s owner ran back and attempted to stop the suspect. As Tippin was executing a U-turn to head toward Broadway, the vehicle struck the owner and a second victim, who was in a wheelchair. She continued to head northbound on 2nd Street, according to officials.
Witnesses intervened, and an SMPD Traffic Service officer stopped Tippin at 2nd and Broadway. Officers arrived at the scene and took the suspect into custody. The two victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Both victims are expected to fully recover.
Tippin was booked on charges related to carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit-and-run, and driving without a license. According to the SMPD, she had two existing misdemeanor warrants out for her arrest. Tippin’s bail has been set at $125,000.
“The case is being or has been presented to the LA County District Attorney’s Office-Airport Division for filing,” Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez, Executive Officer for the Chief of Police and Public Information Officer for the SMPD, indicated in an email to Canyon News. “The suspect will be arraigned this afternoon.”
According to Lieutenant Rodriguez, the Traffic Division conducts numerous enforcement operations and educational efforts in the downtown area to curb accidents.
“Some of the efforts include bike-pedestrian enforcement, DUI patrol/checkpoints, and general patrol of the area,” Lieutenant Rodriguez said to Canyon News.