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.
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.