What a frightened motorist in Woodland told police was his carjacker in the front seat of his vehicle, was instead tools, a bucket and a sweatshirt.
The confused motorist, Gabriel Jimenez Orozco, 52, of Sacramento was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Woodland police. He was booked into jail on suspicion of being under influence of drugs.
Sgt. Brett Hancock with the Woodland Police Department said that at 8:30 a.m. Monday officers were sent to County Road 102, just north of Kentucky Avenue. Orozco had reported that he had been carjacked and he had pulled over after his attacker fell asleep in his passenger seat.
Woodland officers and Yolo County sheriff’s deputies blocked the road. Police carefully approached Orozco’s vehicle and peered inside, glimpsing something slumped to the right in the passenger seat.
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Officers then tried to wake what they believed could be a sleeping carjacker with blasts from patrol car air horn and loudspeaker. Exit the vehicle, they commanded in English and Spanish.
Nobody exited. Nobody moved inside Orozco’s vehicle. Eventually, officers approached the vehicle with a police dog.
Unlocking the passenger side door in order to confront and take the supposed carjacker into custody, officers found only the pile of tools, bucket and sweatshirt.