The California Highway Patrol is looking for a man who carjacked a vehicle at the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Lodi Field Office on Monday morning.
The incident occurred about 7:40 a.m. as several employees were arriving for work and preparing to start their shifts. As one employee was standing by her vehicle, a 2013 Honda Accord, she saw a suspicious-looking person dressed in black, walking in the parking lot. The individual approached the employee, drew a small black handgun and demanded her car keys, according to a CHP news release.
The woman handed the man her keys, then fled in the vehicle, heading north on Pixley Parkway, then east onto Auto Center Road.
Lodi police had been alerted to the carjacking and were en route to the DMV as the suspect fled the area. Several Lodi units were able to get behind the stolen vehicle and a pursuit began.
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Several CHP units also had been dispatched to the crime scene and were in the area looking for the Honda.
As of late Monday afternoon, the CHP reported that the Honda, with license plate number 6ZXJ703, had not been found.
During the pursuit, Lodi police saw the Honda collide with another vehicle, and CHP officials said the Honda may have fresh collision damage.
The suspect is described as a black man, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing approximately 220 pounds. He reportedly was wearing all black clothing, including a black bandanna and a black Oakland Raiders ball cap.
CHP officials said the man should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the suspect or the stolen Honda is asked to call 911.