RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Just over an hour after being released from jail, a Hesperia woman stole a vehicle with an elderly woman inside.
Monique Cadena, 24, was arrested on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. by the Victorville Police Department for being under the influence of an undisclosed controlled substance. She was transported to the West Valley Detention Center in the City of Rancho Cucamonga where she was cited and released at 5:10 p.m. Witnesses said that once released, Cadena spoke with visitors in the parking lot attempting to get a ride. She noticed a running 2004 white Hyundai Sonata at around 6:34 p.m. The elderly woman was inside waiting for a family member.
Cadena left the parking lot as the elderly woman yelled for help. A witness reported the incident to a deputy at the scene. Deputies from the jail, Rancho Cucamonga Police and the Specialized Enforcement Division immediately attempted to locate Cadena and the victim. Soon after, Cadena dropped the victim off at a gas station on Valley and Cherry Avenues in the City of Fontana. Deputies arrived at the gas station to find the unharmed elderly woman. She was returned to the West Valley Detention Center to be interviewed and was reunited with her family.
An area search was conducted and the description of the suspect and vehicle were broadcasted to area law enforcement agencies. At around 10:00 p.m. Cadena was located inside the stolen vehicle at Sierra and Foothill in the City of Fontana. Monique was taken into custody and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Carjacking and Kidnapping.
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- Monique-Cadena: Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department