Police Safely Resolve Carjacking with Arrest

Published on April 10, 2023

A man is in custody after officers safely ended a carjacking with stop sticks and assistance from the Nebraska State Patrol AirWing. Police arrested 28-year-old Gilberto Antoni Portillo Barrientos from Lincoln. He is being held in the Lancaster County Jail for robbery.

Barrientos used a machete to carjack a construction van from two people stopped in the drive-thru of a local restaurant in the 2100 block of W O Street just after 1 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2023. His whereabouts were unknown for about an hour when a caller notified dispatch of a sighting near the intersection of 27th and O Streets.

The Nebraska State Patrol AirWing helicopter was then able to find the van and update officers of its location. Once officers used stop sticks to disable the van, Barrientos ran from the vehicle and the AirWing helped officers track his movements. He was arrested without incident in the 200 block of NW 22nd Street. The machete was found inside the van.

Thankfully, no one was injured. The investigation is ongoing. Those with information can call our non-emergency number at 402.441.6000 or if you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 402.475.3600


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