Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys officers arrested 25-year-old Chatsworth resident Gustavo Aranda in the city of Sherman Oaks. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys Area are also seeking the public’s assistance in identifying additional victims and locate the stolen vehicle taken by the suspect.
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 8:25 a.m., a Robbery Carjack occurred near the 14400 block of Gilmore Street, Van Nuys.
The suspect approached the victim from behind and shouted obscenities at the victim. In fear, the victim ran away. The suspect chased the victim and hit him repeatedly causing him to fall to the ground. The suspect forcefully removed the victim’s vehicle keys from his pocket and fled in the victim’s vehicle, a 2007 gray Toyota 4 Runner. The vehicle is still outstanding.
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., a suspect entered a nail salon near the 13600 block of Burbank Blvd and began hitting three women inside for no reason. The victims were involved in an intense fight for their life with the dangerous suspect. The suspect punched the victims several times. He also swung a chair and hit the victim until employees from a neighboring business arrived and apprehended the suspect.
Officers investigation revealed Gustavo Aranada is the suspect responsible for the carjacking that took place near the 14400 block of Gilmore Street.
The suspect has been identified as Gustavo Aranda, a 25-year-old male Caucasian with brown hair and a beard. He stands 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighs around 160 pounds. He was wearing a blue beanie, black shirt, light blue jeans, and blue tennis shoes at the time of arrest.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Barba or Detective Cheun, Van Nuys Area Detectives at 818 374-0081. During non-business hours or on weekends, please contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.