A man who carjacked a vehicle from an 86-year-old man in Lemoore was arrested after a 25-mile high-speed pursuit that ended near Easton Thursday afternoon, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office reported.
James Pena, 35, accused of assaulting both the victim and an 85-year-old woman with a shovel, was booked into the Kings County Jail on a bail of $385,000.
Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said the chase began about 12:45 p.m. when Pena tried to get into the woman’s home near Lacey Boulevard and Highway 41. The woman confronted Pena, who struck her with a shovel and demanded her car keys. The woman refused and called 911.
Pena ran to a house on 16th Avenue near Lacey where he threatened the man with a shovel and took his truck. A California Highway Patrol officer saw the truck and pursued it to Easton, where Pena was taken into custody.
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Putnam said CHP officers found Pena had keys to another vehicle that was stolen from a Hanford Home Depot earlier in the day.
Pena was booked on charges of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft and elder abuse. Neither of the assault victims was seriously injured, the sheriff’s office said.