Family held at knife point by man

Family held at knife point by man

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – A man held a driver and her family at knife point and demanded them to drive him to San Diego.

According to Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) deputies the incident started at the Jack In The Box on Imperial Avenue in Calexico before 4:30 p.m.

“The suspect approached the vehicle that was occupied, got  inside the vehicle. He pulled out a [Shobi-Zue] knife from his pocket, and he told the occupants of the vehicle he needed to get to San Diego, and he threatened them with violence,” ICSO Sgt. Jorge Cabanillas said.

The driver stopped at the AM/PM on Yourman Road in Heber where she told the store clerk about the situation. The store clerk called 911 and authorities sent a description of the vehicle to all law enforcement agencies.

The driver was eventually pulled over by California Highway Patrol, U.S. Border Patrol and ICSO at the San Diego – Imperial County line where officers were able to take the suspect into custody.

Brian Daniel Alatorre, 20, from San Diego was arrested and booked into Imperial County Jail. He was charged with kidnapping, carjacking, unlawful imprisonment, threat of bodily injury, possession of a shobi-zue knife and brandishing a knife.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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