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Man charged in Aliso Viejo carjacking, kidnapping

October 20, 2011

Prosecutors have charged a man with kidnapping a boy during a Saturday carjacking in Aliso Viejo.

James Christopher Corr, 34, of Mission Viejo faces a slew of felony counts, including carjacking, kidnapping during the commission of a carjacking, first-degree robbery and hit-and-run with injury, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Corr is first accused of breaking into a Honda Accord parked at an Aliso Viejo business and stealing a purse.

Sometime after 8 a.m., Corr allegedly entered an open garage with a Volvo SUV inside, where a mother had left her 2-year-old son in the backseat as she went into her home to retrieve something.

Corr allegedly got into the driver's seat of the car. The woman came back out, saw Corr and tried to get her son out of the car, but Corr allegedly backed the car out of the garage and ran over the woman's foot in the process, according to a news release from the D.A.

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A neighbor followed Corr, who drove to a nearby neighborhood and then jumped from the car with the engine still running, prosecutors say.

The SUV, with the child still inside, nearly hit a tree before coming to a stop.

An Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy spotted Corr running away and arrested him after a short chase, according to the news release.

Corr was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, if convicted.

—Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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