A California man who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a car wash sign in Griffith was arrested Saturday in Iowa.
Raul Bauzan, 22, of Laguna Niguel, California, allegedly stole a Ford Escape in Goshen, Indiana on July 19.
The next day at about 11:42 a.m., police said Bauzan crashed the SUV into a 2005 GMC 2500 truck and subsequently crashed the Ford Escape into the True Lux Car Wash sign in Griffith.
Photos taken by a witness of the crashes show a bloodied Bauzan sitting inside the Ford Escape in the True Lux Car Wash parking lot before fleeing on foot, according to an affidavit filed Wednesday.
While Griffith Police were setting up a perimeter around the crash site, a call came in at 12:28 p.m. that Bauzan had allegedly stolen a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze from a man in Griffith.
The victim told Griffith police that Bauzan broke into his home and stoke his wife's purse and car keys before taking off with his vehicle, according to court records.
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Griffith police were notified the next day that Iowa State Patrol arrested Bauzan and recovered the victim's sedan after Bauzan was clocked speeding at 89 mph in a 70 mph zone heading westbound on Interstate 80 at the 203 mile marker near the town of Victor, Iowa.
Griffith police Detective Sgt. James Sibley examined the photograph taken by a witness and another by Iowa State Patrol and determined the same man appeared in both photos wearing identical clothing. A victim's car keys and purse were located in the vehicle.
Bauzan is being held at the Poweshiek County Jail in Iowa. He faces felony charges of burglary, two counts of auto theft, and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.