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Alleged carjacker scheduled for court

April 25, 2012

A 38-year-old man who allegedly carjacked a minivan from a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint on Tuesday is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Andre Khanyan, who is being held without bail, allegedly told police he used heroin four hours before the carjacking, according to Glendale police reports.

The girl was seated in the passenger seat of a Nissan minivan at about 1:35 p.m. on the 1700 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard and listening to music while the key was in the ignition, according to police.

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She told police Khanyan walked past her, then suddenly opened the front passenger door, looked at her, pointed a blue knife toward her chest and yelled “get out” several times.

She exited the vehicle, opened its sliding door and unbuckled her 6-month-old niece from her car seat before the alleged carjacker fled, according to police.

By the time Khanyan noticed the baby was inside the Nissan, he allegedly told police “it was too late.”

He led police on a short pursuit on the Golden State (5) Freeway before he pulled over and was arrested.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA

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