Combative man allegedly carjacks friend on their way to church

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SAN DIEGO – Police used a Taser Sunday on a man who allegedly carjacked an acquaintance who was driving him to church.

San Diego police received a call at 8:12 a.m. about two men involved in a fight in the parking lot of Fashion Valley Mall, according to SDPD Officer Michael Sweet.

A 56-year-old man told police that an acquaintance, identified as 46-year-old Garrette Cook, called him to ask for a ride to a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 4195 Camino del Rio South.

The victim agreed, but Cook reportedly “became enraged” after being picked up and removed the keys from the ignition of his acquaintance’s white Ford Focus, Sweet said.

The victim tried to get the keys back, but Cook pulled him out of the car and then drove off to the LDS church, according to a police report.

People at the church called police to report Cook acting erratically. When cops arrived, they found Cook in the victim’s car. He reportedly violently struggled with officers until he was subdued by a Taser.

Cook suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment and was then booked into county jail, police said.

Officers also required treatment for minor injuries. The victim was unharmed in the incident, police said.