A Turlock man is facing several felony charges after allegedly committing a carjacking in the drive through of a Jack in the Box eatery.
The suspect has been identified as Rafael Rodriguez, 21, of Turlock and he was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of robbery, carjacking, and evading a peace officer.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday the Turlock Police Department received a call from a man who said he had just been robbed and carjacked while in the drive through lane at the restaurant in the 2600 block of Geer Road.
The man was sitting in his car when he was approached by Rodriguez, who initially was complaining about the man’s music being too loud, said Turlock Police Lt. Steve Webb.
Rodriguez then demanded the man hand over his money.
“Rodriguez took the money and then told the victim to get out of the vehicle,” Webb said. “Rodriguez then pulled up his shirt near his waistband, which the victim believed meant he had a weapon.”
No weapon was actually seen, but the victim did decide to get out of his BMW.
Another vehicle pulled into the drive through lane and Rodriguez yelled at the driver to back out. Rodriguez then left the area in the stolen BMW.
Officers were dispatched to the area and within a short amount of time and had spotted Rodriguez driving the BMW. A traffic stop was initiated, but Rodriguez failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Officers briefly lost sight of the BMW and when they found it again in the area of Bates Court and Georgia Way, the suspect was no longer behind the wheel.
A perimeter was set up and officers quickly found Rodriguez hiding behind a bush in the area of Bates Court. He was taken into custody without further incident.
Rodriguez remains in custody in lieu of a $200,000 bail.