EL CERRITO (CBS SF) — A juvenile suspect has been arrested in a brazen carjacking at an El Cerrito auto dealership captured on surveillance camera video as an employee risked his life attempting to stop the fleeing vehicle by jumping on its hood.
Richmond police confirmed the arrest on Tuesday, but did not release any other details because the suspect was a juvenile.READ MORE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
The carjacking took place at EKE Motorsports on Friday afternoon. The dealer’s lot is situated on the Richmond/El Cerrito border and the incident falls under the jurisdiction of Richmond police.
Dealership owner Danny Sun told KPIX 5 he was stunned by what transpired.
“I cannot believe it,” Sun said as he watched the video. “(The robber) could have killed (my worker) right there.”
On the surveillance footage, a man is seen walking up to a worker and saying he wanted to buy a white 2016 Audi S5.
“He wants to pay cash for it. It’s $31,000. I said I’m going to show it myself,” said Sun, who was away from the business at the time and talking with his employee on a cell phone.READ MORE: Deadly Hit-And Run Marks Sixth Pedestrian Fatality in San Jose in 3 Weeks
But before Sun could get back to the dealership, the thief demanded the car keys as he sat inside the Audi.
“He said he’s got a gun in his pocket, what looked like a triangular shape,” Sun said. “Then of course my employee had to give him the keys.”
As the thief tried to drive off, the worker stood in front to block the car.
“He shouldn’t have tried to stop him,” Sun said. “He thought he was probably going to be in trouble.”
The suspect drove the car at the worker. The worker jumped onto the hood and grabbed the roof. As the suspect stepped on the gas, the acceleration caused the worker to fall to the ground.
The worker was seen in the footage getting back up to chase after the robber with his own car.
Sun said the worker caught up with him a few blocks away, but the robber hit the worker’s car and drove away. The worker had scrapes and bruises. He took a couple of days off.MORE NEWS: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
Sun also said an online fundraising page has been set up for his employee to help with medical expenses, damage to his own automobile and loss of wages.