Man who struck woman trying to stop Banning carjacking arrested

UPDATED: Monday, June 7, 11:30 a.m.

See Original Story below.

BANNING, Calif. — Officials have announced the arrest of a man who was captured on surveillance footage carjacking a woman’s vehicle, knocking her to the ground in the process. The victim was not seriously injured during the scary ordeal, which happened early Tuesday morning, May 25th, at a Banning gas station in the 800 block of E. Ramsey Street.

“Through the course of this investigation, the suspect 25-year-old, Joseph Blake Schlosser, was identified and an arrest warrant was issued by Banning police officers,” Banning PD said in a followup to their original social media post that asked for the public’s help identifying the alleged carjacker.

Officers were able to take him into custody and he was later book in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of carjacking, as well as possession of metal knuckles, possession of narcotics, and failure to appear.

Online jail records indicate he remains in custody in lieu of $60,000 bail or bond.


Original Story: Victim run down trying to stop Banning carjacking

BANNING, Calif. — Officials say a woman was injured while trying to stop a man from stealing her vehicle outside a Banning gas station late Tuesday evening, May 25th. The woman, who was struck and knocked to the ground by her own vehicle, sustained minor injuries during the carjacking.

Although officers have since locate and returned the victim’s vehicle, the man who struck her while stealing her car has not yet been identified or located and officials are now asking for the public’s help identifying the man.

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City of Banning police officers were dispatched to a Mobil gas station in the 800 block of E. Ramsey Street around 12:50 a.m. after receiving reports of a carjacking that had just occurred.

When officers arrived they found a woman who had sustained minor injuries while trying to stop a man from stealing her vehicle.

Officials are asking for the public’s help identifying a man they say carjacked a woman’s vehicle, injuring her in the process. Banning Police Department photos

The victim told investigating officers that she had stopped at the gas station, where she left her vehicle unlocked and running while she went into the business’s convenience store.

While she was inside the business, she noticed someone had gotten into her vehicle, at which time she ran out of the store and attempted to stop the suspect from leaving with her vehicle.

The man managed to lock the doors just as the victim ran up and tried to open her driver’s side door. While the victim was still struggling to open the door, the suspect took off, speeding out of the parking lot and knocking the victim to the ground.

Video surveillance of the crime showed the suspect is a white male who was wearing matching, camouflage-colored hat, tank top, and long shorts. He was also seen wearing black socks and white shoes.

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The Banning Police Department Detective Bureau is actively investigating this case and has asked for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for this crime.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation or who knows the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect Is encouraged to contact the Banning Police Department Detective Bureau at (951) 922-3170. Callers can refer to incident file 211056 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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