Couple arrested after allegedly stealing cars and kidnapping owners in Irvine

A couple were arrested in Irvine on Wednesday after allegedly stealing a car and kidnapping its owner, officials said Thursday.

28-year-old Daniel Ramirez has been detained on suspicion of kidnapping and assaulting a man, while his 27-year-old girlfriend Mallory Arredondo has been arrested on a pending arrest warrant, the Irvine Police Department said in a press release.

At around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, officials at a community center in the Irvine Center Drive and Spectrum area responded regarding an investigation into a possible stolen vehicle.

The victim said he met Ramirez and Arredondo a few days earlier and they asked to borrow his car on Wednesday. When he refused, they took his car without permission and did not return for several hours, police said.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., an officer saw the victim’s vehicle and attempted an enforcement stop. But the driver sped away and, according to the department, there was a brief chase.

The officer stopped the chase because of the driver’s high speed and “the danger to the public,” Irvine police said.

A short time later, the officers found the vehicle unoccupied and parked with the engine running in the underground car park of the victim’s house. The officers made repeated attempts to contact the victim by phone, but there was no response, the department said.

“Due to the suspicious circumstances, officials feared that the victim was and was in his home
possibly in danger, ”says the press release.

Authorities began evacuating neighboring homes and urged the Orange County Fire Department to respond and provide immediate relief to anyone injured.

Police used a drone to monitor the area and make announcements. After such an announcement, the victim left the apartment, and the door immediately closed behind him.

The victim told police that the two suspects were in the house and that the man had several firearms and had been flogged by a pistol.

The couple inside, identified as Ramirez and Arredondo, barricaded the door and refused to come out.

The department’s SWAT and crisis negotiation team responded to the scene. After unsuccessful negotiations, several “less lethal projectiles” were used to break the apartment’s windows, Irvine police said.

Arredondo left shortly before 8:45 p.m. and Ramirez surrendered about 10 minutes later. They were both arrested at the scene.

A search warrant was later carried out on the home where a non-serialized AR-15 assault rifle, two small arms and ammunition were found, police said.

All firearms were in various stages of dismantling. and detectives said they believe Ramirez dismantled the guns when officers negotiated his surrender.

Ramirez was arrested and booked in Orange County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, attack with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and pending arrest warrants. Detectives said they were going to ask the OC prosecutor to use guns against him.

Arredondo was arrested and cited for her pending arrest warrant and then released by police
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Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact Detective Jason Renshaw at
949-724-7244 or email [email protected]

IRVINE, Calif. (April 29, 2021) – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) arrested 28-year-old Daniel Ramirez for kidnapping and assaulting a man at his home. His girlfriend, Mallory Arredondo, 27, was also arrested on a pending arrest warrant. pic.twitter.com/6NxtGU9oOF

– Irvine Police Department (@IrvinePolice) April 30, 2021

Our SWAT team members and crisis negotiators resolved this incident peacefully. A man and a woman from the residence were arrested. Our detectives will continue to investigate this incident and our officers will work to reopen the streets.

– Irvine Police Department (@IrvinePolice) April 29, 2021

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