Man arrested for carjacking, stabbing driver in Pleasant Hill

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A man is in custody after getting into another man’s car in Pleasant Hill and later stabbing the victim in the shoulder.

The suspect has not been identified due to being uncooperative but is currently booked at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Officials have not released the victim’s name but has been identified as a 57-year-old man from Pittsburg. 

Around 1:09 p.m. on Monday, the suspect climbed into the victim’s car while stopped in traffic. 

Pleasant Hill Police Department says the suspect demanded the driver to take him home, but when the driver refused, the suspect stabbed him in the shoulder and stole the car.

According to police, the victim was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek to be treated and was later released.

Officials say the suspect cut through the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center, and could not be found.

A call was later made to the police about a man leaving a similar car in a west Pleasant Hill neighborhood where he then entered a garage of a nearby house.

Authorities say the man confronted a person who lived there and demanded they hand over their keys.

The homeowner ran away as the suspect entered the home and continued to multiple houses on Pleasant Hill Drive near El Rancho Drive, authorities say.

Police spotted the suspect and chased him on foot as he entered another home on El Rancho Drive.

The suspect attempted to escape, but police were able to catch and arrest the man in the 1800 block of Pleasant Hill Road. 

The suspect and an officer suffered from minor injuries and sought medical treatment. 

The man has been arrested for carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of burglary and other related charges. 

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