Armed Carjacking Suspect Takes Ice Cream Truck Then SUV Before Crashing in Rancho Cordova

Update: Rancho Cordova police say the driver of the BMW that was taken by the suspect is a person of interest in the case. She was identified as 31-year-old Christina Butuza.

Police are searching for Butuza and have asked anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to call 916-874-5115.

RANCHO CORDOVA -- An ice cream truck driver and an SUV driver were carjacked by the same suspect Wednesday in Rancho Cordova.

Larnelle Flournoy, 32, and Christina Butuza, 31 (Credit: Rancho Cordova Police Department)

Police say the first scene unfolded in the area of Fitzgerald Road, where the armed suspect took an ice cream truck.

Thursday, the suspect was identified as 32-year-old Larnelle Flournoy.

Flournoy left the scene, driving erratically down Sunrise Boulevard, according to witnesses. As he turned onto Douglas Road, the carjacking suspect drove the truck into a ditch.

Moments later, there was a second carjacking. A woman driving a BMW SUV had pulled over to help the person behind the wheel of the crashed ice cream truck.

"His thinking was, 'Get her away from the car,'" said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tess Deterding. "Luckily, she did listen to his commands and at that point, the suspect kind of had a split-second decision. His decision was to get into that driver's seat."

That’s when Dmitriy Ormanzhi was driving by.

“Opened up my window, she jumped in. She said, ‘Oh, he stole my car, he stole my car. Let's follow him,’” Ormanzhi said.

The woman, who just had her car taken at gunpoint, got into Ormanzhi’s car and they followed Flournoy.

But they didn’t have to drive far. Flournoy crashed into a red car at the intersection of Douglas Road and Zinfandel Drive less than a half-mile away. That driver was hospitalized with minor injuries.

“When we turned the guy was already gone out the car. He ran out of the car and into the field,” Ormanzhi said.

In a video posted by Ormanzhi, deputies hunt down Flournoy in a nearby field. A short time later, he was found and arrested. Flournoy was later hospitalized with minor injuries.

No major injuries were reported and no shots were fired.

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