Suspect in Cedar Ridge carjacking arrested |

Suspect in Cedar Ridge carjacking arrested

Daniel Gene Paradiso
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The second suspect in a carjacking incident in mid-September was arrested in Grass Valley Tuesday by Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies, with the help of Grass Valley Police officers.

Daniel Gene Paradiso, 34, was arrested in the parking lot of a business on Brunswick Drive and Sutton Way after being under surveillance by detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes unit. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Paradiso’s arrest stemmed from a Sept. 12 incident in which the alleged victim offered Paradiso a ride from the Cedar Ridge Y.

The victim, who was not identified, said he was heading down Highway 174 toward Grass Valley and was passing through Cedar Ridge when Paradiso pulled out a handgun and car-jacked him.

Paradiso reportedly began robbing the victim at gunpoint and pistol-whipped him, then tried to disable his cell phone and threw it out the window.

The victim then was told to turn left onto Rattlesnake Road, heading south. He told law enforcement officers he decided his life was in jeopardy and jumped out of the vehicle at about 40 mph.

The now driver-less vehicle proceeded a short distance before crashing near the intersection of Rattlesnake and Rattlesnake Ridge roads.

At that point, another man, identified as Jonathon Trihub, reportedly had been following the car on a motorcycle, and stopped to assist Paradiso.

Paradiso got on the motorcycle and took off southbound on Rattlesnake Road, while Trihub fled on foot into the woods.

Trihub was located after a search and arrested on suspicion of car-jacking; Paradiso was not located.

The victim reportedly sustained road rash as well as injuries from the pistol-whipping. He initially refused treatment but later went to the hospital.

On the following day the California Highway Patrol, which had initially taken the case, contacted the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and requested assistance with the case based on new information developed during their investigation, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Jakobs. The Sheriff’s Office subsequently took over the investigation and has been working the case since that time.

Major Crimes detectives subsequently obtained a felony arrest warrant for Paradiso in the amount of $100,000, as well as a search warrant for his residence in South County.

Following Paradiso’s arrest Tuesday afternoon, detectives reportedly located a handgun inside the vehicle he had been in.

A $1 million bail enhancement was sought for Paradiso because he was armed when he was arrested, which was granted, Jakobs said.

Other items of evidence reportedly were also located during the search warrant execution at Paradiso’s residence. Additional charges are anticipated as the investigation continues.

Trihub, who had been arrested at the scene by CHP on the day of the incident, was later released from jail without formal charges being brought against him. Detectives are still looking into what role Trihub might have played in the incident, Jakobs said.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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