BELMONT (CBS SF) – A mother managed to quickly grab her 5-year-old daughter from her car as she was carjacked in Belmont on Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

The two were sitting in a parked 2001 Honda Civic in a lot behind Toto’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 1250 El Camino Real at about 9 p.m. when a man wearing a black windbreaker and jeans got into the car and demanded the keys, according to Belmont police.

He pushed the woman out of the car, but she managed to pull her daughter from the backseat before he drove away, police said. No weapon was seen, and the mother and child were unhurt.

Responding officers were unable to locate the carjacker.

However, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, a California Highway Patrol officer spotted the Honda Civic stopped on the side of U.S. Highway 101 near Broadway in Burlingame.

Stephan Thomas Allen, 20, of Rohnert Park, was inside the car and was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and booked into San Mateo County Jail, police said.

“He did give us a statement during which he admitted to taking the car,” Belmont police Capt. Dan DeSmidt said.

Belmont police were in contact with other local law enforcement agencies to determine whether Allen may have been involved in other crimes on the Peninsula, he said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to contact the Belmont Police Department at (650) 595-7400.

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Comments (11)
  1. Miss Dee says:

    Way to go, Mom! Sucks you got carjacked, but a real Mom would never let anything happen to her child despite her safety!

  2. Big G says:

    Good job by the Mom. Just want to know what qualifies as a real MOM by previous commentor!!

  3. Zarita says:

    Always keep your car doors locked…even if the driver or a passenger just ran inside for a minute!!!!!

  4. Lee says:

    I will never understand why people don’t LOCK the car doors! It takes 2 seconds
    and you are so much safer.

  5. ssee says:

    Locks are useless, because a gun to head is pretty much a universal key.

  6. Marie says:

    Um .. what kind of car is it ??

  7. BobDobbs says:

    um…did they contact CHP ASAP? I’d bet the guy hit Ralston or Harbor and then 101 and was gone. I would hope they aren’t poking around Belmont looking for the guy.

  8. Geico says:

    Is one of them blue…….. cause I bet he looks great in a blue one!

  9. Christian says:

    What a frightening story but good job Mom! Mother Pride!

  10. Mrs. Rambo says:

    The ability to have a concealed weapon would have solved that quick.

    He’d be dead, no tax payers paying for his hotel stay or for the ACLU to fight for his college in jail.

    It’s not like criminals don’t’ carry guns whether there is a law or not.

    And cops? Forget about it. They’re to busy tazing kids for sagging pants and beating jaywalkers with billy clubs.

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