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'Crime spree' defendant arrested after series of thefts, assaults

A California man has been taken into custody after he allegedly caused a "crime spree" that left several people injured in Malibu and Pacific Palisades on Aug. 11. The man, age 44, was reportedly armed with a box cutter during an alleged assault. The injured victims in this case reportedly suffered wounds because of car accidents associated with the event.

Authorities say that the man is accused of kidnapping a woman from her home after demanding her property. He forced the woman into her vehicle and demanded that she drive him away. Instead, the woman smashed into the rear end of a construction vehicle near a local high school. The defendant then ran from the crash site and onto the high school campus, where he allegedly carjacked a female teacher.

The man fled in that car and then bailed out of it on West Sunset Boulevard. He then apparently broke into another home and stole another vehicle from the two women inside. The defendant is accused of causing a vehicle crash on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Two people were injured in that collision, and they were taken to a local medical facility via helicopter. Both of those victims were in stable condition after the crash, according to police reports.

Criminal defendants who are implicated in multiple crimes may need a different legal strategy than those who are only accused of a single offense. A "crime spree" situation can lead to more criminal charges, and they could be more severe. Long-term consequences can result for those accused of both property crimes and assault charges.

Source: KTLA, "Man Armed With Box Cutter Goes on ‘Crime Spree’ Across Pacific Palisades, Malibu: LAPD" Melissa Pamer, Jim Nash, Steve Kuzj and Mary Beth McDade, Aug. 11, 2014

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