A reputed gang member accused of trying to kill two Glendale men during a carjacking and subsequent freeway crash was ordered to stand trial Monday on attempted murder charges.
Manuel Jesus Rodriguez, 28, of Tujunga is charged with carjacking, assault with a firearm and two counts of attempted murder stemming from the Jan. 7 shooting in Glendale, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Rodriguez, who is also known as "Travieso," is a listed member of the Glendale-based Toonerville gang, which is named in an injunction obtained by Glendale and Los Angeles in 2009, officials said.
He was arrested after police said he approached a 37-year-old Glendale man, who was seated in the driver's seat of a Toyota Camry in the 100 block of Sinclair Avenue.
He reportedly demanded the man give up his car and fired at least two shots at him.
Fearing he would be shot, he allowed Rodriguez to take his car.