A 25-year-old man is in custody for allegedly carjacking a car and then a fall, three women in a nail salon in Sherman Oaks, California.
(Los Angeles Police Department)
When a man walked into a Los Angeles-area nail salon, and began to hit the three female employees for no apparent reason, the women jumped into action.
Surveillance video shows the women using purses as shields, grab the legs of the man and repeatedly hitting him with a wooden chairs as he continues to throw punches.
“The victims were involved in a fierce battle for their lives with the dangerous suspect,” the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said in an online statement about the incident. “The defendant struck the victims.”
The 25-year-old suspect, later identified as Gustavo Aranda, of Chatsworth, Calif., was also responsible for a carjacking that took place two hours earlier, police said.
“The suspect approached the victim from behind and shouted obscenities at the victim. In fear, the victim ran away,” police said. “The suspect chased the victim and hit him repeatedly, causing him to fall to the ground.”
Aranda then stole the keys to the man 2007 grey Toyota 4-Runner, and fled the scene in the man, the vehicle, according to the press release.
But the suspect made a mistake when he decided to walk in what seemed to be an empty nail salon. The three nail salon employees, together with employees of a neighboring company, continued to fight the suspect and eventually apprehended him until the police arrived and took him into custody.
“Great cooperation between the community and the LAPD Van Nuys Division officers in the arrest of a violent carjacking suspect also attacked multiple victims at a local nail salon,” the LAPD posted on its official Facebook page on Feb. 3, together with the surveillance video.
The minute-long video of the incident has been viewed more than 6,600 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 1.
Police are still looking for the stolen car. Anyone with information about the incident to contact the detectives in charge of the investigation at (818) 374-0081.