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Suspects arrested in ramming of police cars

Metropolitan Police have arrested six suspects in connection with a string of robberies that resulted in the ramming of several law enforcement vehicles, including one incident that occurred in Boulder City.

Hugo Carbajal, Francis Carbajal, Edgar Medina, Ivan Gonsalez, Abel Elizalde and James Farnan were arrested Friday, police said. Each faces approximately 100 felony counts.

Detectives served search warrants on one business, two storage units, three residences and four vehicles while looking for the suspects, police said.

Metro recovered 15 stolen firearms, eight stolen motorcycles and four stolen vehicles, as well as numerous stolen tools and car parts during the search, they said.

Boulder City resident Wayne Johnson was sleeping in his home on Elsa Way in the early morning of June 27 when someone stole his 2008 Ford Edge from his garage and drove it into an unmarked Metro police car, he said.

Johnson, a Boulder City resident since 1968, said whoever stole his car did so by using the garage opener in his truck that was parked outside of his home.

“We left the window down maybe a little too far because of the heat,” he said.

The suspect then stole his car and rammed it into an unmarked Metro police car about three blocks away, he said.

“They put a big rock on the accelerator and sent it sailing,” Johnson said.

It wasn’t until the police came to his house about 20 minutes later that he knew something was wrong. Along with his car, Johnson said some tools and a compressor had been stolen from his garage.

The Boulder City incident was the third of six similar incidents to take place across the Las Vegas Valley from April 29 until the end of July, police said.

Metro was assisted by the Henderson, Boulder City and Mesquite departments during the investigation, which remains ongoing.

Contact reporter Steven Slivka at sslivka@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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