Police arrest 5 people for carjacking during motel stakeout

Man drives up to motel parking lot in stolen pickup truck, SAPD says

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police admit they got lucky when they arrested five men early Wednesday morning while conducting an unrelated stakeout.

U.S. Marshals, a police helicopter and K-9 units were staked out at a motel in the 1300 block of Roosevelt Avenue on the city's South Side, looking for a man with two attempted murder warrants out of Florida, police said. The arrests, though, happened by chance.

The arrests were made around 2 a.m. at the motel and in connection with a carjacking that happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Villa del Sol condominiums in the 900 block of Vance Jackson Road.

Police said two people were in a pickup truck when a white four-door vehicle pulled up alongside them. One of the men, armed with a shotgun, got out of the vehicle and demanded their phones, wallet and the vehicle, police said. 

The man and three others were arrested when police realized two of them matched the description of the men wanted in the carjacking. Moments later, a fifth man drove up to the motel parking lot with the stolen pickup, police said.

The men arrested ranged in age from 17 to 25. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated robbery, theft of a vehicle, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a firearm, police said.

In addition to the pickup truck, police seized some stolen property.

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