A Modesto security guard's car was stolen Wednesday morning after a man he was questioning pulled a gun on him, authorities said.
The suspected carjacker, parolee Christopher Crist, 34, of Modesto, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous, according to Sgt. Mike Parker of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies received a call about a carjacking at 4301 Northstar Way in north Modesto at 2:46 a.m.
According to Parker, the guard was patrolling the area near businesses southwest of Bangs and McHenry avenues when he saw a car parked near a trash bin.
The guard got out to talk to the man and woman inside the car. When the guard contacted a dispatcher by radio to let him know his location, Crist allegedly pulled out a chrome handgun and told the guard he didn't "want to go back to prison."
Parker said Crist forced the guard to handcuff himself. The woman, whom Parker said was cooperative with authorities, said she wanted no part of the incident.
The suspect fled alone in the guard's car. About an hour later, with the help of a cell phone inside, officers found the car at Shoemake and North Dakota avenues in northwest Modesto.
Authorities set up a perimeter and conducted a search, but Crist was not found, Parker said.
The guard and the woman, neither of whom were hurt, were found in the area by California Highway Patrol officers, Parker said.
Parker said the guard made a smart decision. "He was perfectly in his right to talk to people," Parker said. "Not resisting and going along with what he was ordered to do was the right thing."
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