Norwalk man allegedly tried to carjack off-duty police officer

NORWALK - One man is in custody after attempting to carjack an off-duty South Gate police officer in Norwalk last Saturday.The officer was in his personal vehicle at the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Cyclops Street at about 4 a.m. when two Hispanic men stepped into the street, authorities said. The officer slowed to let the men pass when one of the men pointed a handgun at the officer. "Fearing that the individuals were trying to stop him and take his vehicle, the off-duty officer accelerated around them and then called 911," investigators said. Deputies from the Norwalk Sheriff's Station responded and spotted three male Hispanics running east on Cyclops. Deputies contained the area and used K-9 units to search the neighborhood. Deputies arrested one man, 20-year-old Nicholas Andres, of Norwalk. They also found a loaded 9MM pistol. The off-duty officer identified Andres as the person who pointed a gun at him. The other two suspects were not found. Andres was booked for assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $50,000 bail. Anyone with additional information about the incident is encouraged to call investigators at (562) 863-8711.

********** Published: June 07, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 08