HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A carjacking suspect police say threatened to inject a woman with HIV in a Walmart parking lot has been arrested.
According to police, 45-year-old Michael Ortiz entered a car with two women inside Friday morning, telling one of them he had “something that would give her HIV.”
Just before noon on Friday Swatara Township Police were called to the intersection of Mushroom Hill Road and Grayson Road for report of a shooting.
According to investigators, the suspect attempted to steal from the store and then ran away. He then attempted the carjacking, threatening the women and demanding to be driven away from the store.
Police say the women obeyed the suspect’s orders and drove off the Walmart property. When the vehicle stopped at a red light that is when police say the woman in the passenger seat exited the car, produced a handgun and demanded the suspect get out of the car. At that point the suspect got out of the car and struggled with the woman for control of the gun. Authorities say at least one shot was fired during the struggle before the suspect ran off.
Police say the women returned to the store unharmed to wait for the authorities.
Ortiz was apprehended Saturday. He is facing charges of Robbery of a motor vehicle, kidnapping and other related offenses.
Investigators determined the female who produced the handgun was in legal possession of the firearm and had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.