A 21-year-old man was arrested in Vacaville on Sunday after Merced County sheriff's deputies said he carjacked a 19-year-old woman in Delhi.
Deputies say Michael Lopez approached the victim's car as she was letting it warm up in the driveway. The woman saw the man pull up on a bicycle, so she tried to lock the car doors, but he got into the passenger side, according to deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
Lopez told the woman he needed a ride to Turlock, MacKenzie said, adding that when she told Lopez to get out of the car, he started fidgeting with his jacket and pants.
Worried he might have a weapon and fearing for her life, the woman told authorities she drove Lopez to a McDonald's in Turlock. On the way there, according to authorities, Lopez was acting paranoid, telling the victim he wanted to take the battery out of her cell phone and trying to take the radio out of the car.
After the woman drove to the McDonald's parking lot at 2400 Geer Road, the man told the woman to get out of the car, MacKenzie said. She told authorities she thought Lopez was going kill her and started crying. The man tried to get into the car's driver seat, but the woman was able to push him off; Lopez got out of the car and ran into a nearby 7-Eleven, MacKenzie said.
A short time later, Turlock police took a report about a stolen vehicle from the 7-Eleven parking lot. Sunday afternoon, Lopez called Vacaville police and turned himself in, saying he had "mental health issues," MacKenzie said. He was found to be in possession of narcotics and may have been under the influence, MacKenzie said. He added that authorities are searching for the stolen car.
Lopez is being held at the Solano County jail in lieu of $95,000 bail.
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