A 32-year-old man has been arrested in the Jan. 18 carjacking in Lincoln in which an 83-year-old woman suffered minor injuries.
Shaun Sterner of Lincoln was linked to the crime through DNA on a shoe that was left at the scene, according to a Lincoln Police Department news release.
The carjacking occurred about 9:45 a.m. as the woman was getting into her vehicle in the parking lot at a CVS store on Lincoln Boulevard. A man grabbed her, threw her to the ground and took her keys from her hand, according to police. He then drove off in her vehicle, a 2016 Ford Escape, with a "Future Ford" paper dealership plate.
On Feb. 19, Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies approached a suspicious-looking parked vehicle in Danville. The driver quickly drove away, leading the deputies on a brief pursuit. Police officers from another agency then found the vehicle abandoned and contacted Sterner, who was walking in the area, according to Lincoln police. He was identified as the driver the deputies had spotted.
A check of the vehicle identification number revealed that it was the vehicle stolen in the Lincoln carjacking, the news release said.
Sterner was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and several Placer County warrants. The DNA evidence allowed detectives to also arrest him on suspicion of carjacking and elder abuse, the news release said.
He is being held in the South Placer jail..