Man suspected in Santa Ana assault, road rage and vandalism is arrested

SANTA ANA — A man caught on video surveillance and photos as a suspect in rage-fueled encounters directed at a customer and clerk at a gas station and a motorist has been arrested, authorities said.

The man was spotted and recognized by witnesses from the video at about 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26, in the 2700 block of South Fairview Street, authorities said.

Santa Ana Police Department took him into custody without incident, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. The man was identified as Corbalan Jorge Hernandez, 57, who is homeless.

He was booked for felony vandalism, according to Bertagna.

About 6:25 p.m. on March 28, the suspect was “picking on” another customer as he pumped gas at a Chevron station at 2100 E. McFadden Ave., according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. He then started peeling off red tape on safety bumpers on a gas pump, prompting a clerk to tell him, “OK, you’re done here. You’ve got to move on,” Bertagna said.

The man, however, followed the clerk back into the store and began arguing with the employee and throwing store merchandise at her, Bertagna said. The clerk chased him outside, but he returned and unsuccessfully tried to jump over the counter “to assault her,” then left and came back a third time and “trashed the store,” Bertagna said.

The man then fled in his car and got into a road rage incident with another woman about 15 minutes later at MacArthur Boulevard and Main Street, Bertagna said.

The victim was waiting for traffic to clear so she could turn from Main Street to…

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