Man allegedly steals running car, assaults owner in El Paso’s Lower Valley


El Paso Police are reminding residents to avoid leaving their vehicles running unattended following a Lower Valley robbery Friday morning.

According to a news release, a man left his car with the keys in the ignition, engine running, and door open on the 8200 block of Troy when Manuel Cardona, 31, allegedly climbed in and drove off.

Police say the victim and a witnessing neighbor then followed Cardona, who later allegedly assaulted the man after he demanded his car back.

Cardona was charged with robbery and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility under a $20,000 bond.

As KTSM previously reported, leaving running vehicles unattended is against the law and can result in citations.

This rule does not apply to vehicles with remote start-up systems, but only if the key fob is in the owner’s possession.

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