Two Sun Valley Mall employees talking inside a car near the Pleasant Hill Burger King restaurant a little after midnight Tuesday were interrupted by a masked gunman who approached the driver and demanded the car.
Pleasant Hill police, who took the resulting call for help, said the suspect fled the area in the stolen car, driving to a neighborhood in Bay Point where officers from Pleasant Hill and deputies from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office descended on the vehicle and arrested the 26-year-old Antioch man inside.
Police said the suspected carjacker has a recent history of auto theft arrests. He was booked into the county jail in Martinez on carjacking and related charges. A replica .45 caliber pistol was recovered from inside the stolen car, according to police. The vehicle and other stolen property were returned to the owner.