DATE: August 25, 2016
CASE: Vigel Patterson
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Michelle Becker, Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
Vigel Patterson was convicted by a jury of two counts of kidnapping in the commission of a carjacking with personal use of a firearm, felony evading officers, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On August 3, 2015, the victims were unloading their car at their apartment complex when Vigel Patterson jumped over a cement wall and asked them for a ride. When they said no, Patterson pulled out a gun and ordered them to get in the car and drive out of the complex. During the ride, Patterson held the gun to the head of the victim who was driving the car, and made threats to kill them. Patterson then made them stop and exit the car before driving off. One of the victims was able to call 911 on their cellphone. When officers spotted the stolen car, a chase ensued. Patterson rammed the car through a gate that blocked access to a bike trail and then took off on foot. He was found soon after hiding in the backyard of a nearby house. Patterson was identified by the victims, and his DNA was matched to DNA on the gun found in the stolen car and the airbag.
Patterson’s criminal history includes a prior 2009 strike conviction for carjacking, a 2009 felony grand theft conviction, and a 2014 felony vandalism conviction.
Patterson faces a minimum sentence of 40 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for October 14, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 42 before the Honorable Allen Sumner.
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