RIPON — The second of two defendants convicted of trying to carjack a familys vehicle in August has been sentenced to nine years and four months in prison. Police said the documented Norteño gang members tried to steal a car with an 11-year-old in the back seat.
Salvador Junior Moya, 24, and Luis Alejandro Machuca, 21, both of Ripon, were convicted of attempted carjacking and participating in a criminal street gang.
Machuca was sentenced to nine years in prison about a month after the incident. Moya was taken into custody Sept. 6 during a traffic stop in Modesto.
The incident occurred Aug. 3 in the 200 block of Frontage Road, just west of Highway 99 and north of Main Street in Ripon. The familys car was left running, and the defendants jumped inside.
Ripon police said Moya and Machuca hit the boy on the head when he tried to get out of the car. The boys family spotted the assault and chased away the defendants.
Officers were on the scene within minutes, gathered suspect information and captured Machuca within an hour of the crime. Investigators later identified Moya as the second suspect and arrested him after he spent more than a month in hiding.