LA MIRADA, Calif. – A 32-year-old Whittier man was arrested after slamming a stolen vehicle into the Crunch Fitness gym in La Mirada.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at around 1:43 a.m., deputies from the Norwalk Station responded to a “Hit and Run” collision at the 12800 block of Valley View Avenue in La Mirada. When deputies arrived, they found the vehicle several feet inside the fitness club, which left slammed through the glass window, front desk, as well as other equipment.
Employees said that the suspect, who was at one time a member of the gym, revved the engine then crashed into the building nearly striking an employee. He then exited the vehicle and ran from the scene. Witnesses chased the suspect who got into a vehicle that appeared to be waiting for him with a getaway driver.
“The getaway driver then traversed several streets in attempts of losing the witnesses who were in another vehicle giving chase,” Los Angeles County Sheriff officials said in the news release. “In doing so, the getaway driver collided at Alicante Road and Manzanares Road, La Mirada, when he struck a curb. The getaway driver then fled the scene of the single vehicle collision.”
The suspect, who was a passenger was detained by Norwalk Station deputies and was arrested. Sergio Reyes, 32, was arrested for Attempted Murder. Deputies conducted a check on the 4-door 2008 Honda Accord that crashed into the fitness club and it was identified as a vehicle stolen recently out of Whittier. The suspect was also charged with charges related to the vehicle theft. The 2019 4-door Toyota Corolla belonged to Reyes.
He was booked at the Norwalk Sheriff Station and is being held in lieu of $1 million. The getaway driver was not located. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Reyes was a disgruntled former member of the fitness club, who lost his membership after several run-ins with other members.
The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station at (562) 863-8711. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
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