Sixty-seven year old Edna Mancillas was more than just an aunt to her two nephews, Gilbert and Ricardo Blancas — she was an accomplice in a terrifying staged auto theft scheme.

According to California Department of Insurance (CDI) detectives, Ricardo Blancas was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Jan. 1, 2009. An investigation by the Fresno Police Department revealed that Ricardo, who was allegedly intoxicated, had purportedly followed a woman victim for several miles, repeatedly ramming his own vehicle into the back of the victim’s car.

The woman called 911 during the course of this incident, but before police arrived, she stopped her car to seek assistance from a security guard. At that point, Ricardo allegedly rammed his car into the victim’s vehicle again, rendering her unconscious. Ricardo then allegedly fled the scene.

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