Manuel Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department
Manuel Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department

A man who had a criminal protective order placed against him by his ex-girlfriend was arrested Sunday after allegedly carjacking her vehicle at a gas station in Irwindale, police said.

The female victim was pumping gas at the Arco at 110 E. Longden Ave. shortly after midnight when she was approached by her former boyfriend, 21-year-old Manuel Martinez of Duarte approached her and demanded a ride, Sgt. Rudy Gatto of the Irwindale Police Department said.

She refused and retreated inside a nearby convenience store, but returned a short time later and tried to drive away, Gatto said.

Martinez again confronted the victim and pulled her from the vehicle’s driver seat and a struggle over the vehicle’s keys ensued, the sergeant said.

The suspect allegedly then forcibly took the vehicle and fled from the location, Gatto said.

The victim notified police, who about 30 minutes later found her car abandoned at Pamela Park in Duarte, he said.

Investigating officers soon learned Martinez was released on probation for a previous domestic violence conviction.

Later in the morning, police went the suspect’s last known address, but he was not there, Gatto said.

Family members contacted Martinez and told him to come home, but refused to do so.

At about noon, officers on patrol found Martinez walking in the 400 block of Shrode Avenue and arrested him without incident.

He’s being held on suspicion of carjacking and violating the terms of his post-release supervision.

— City News Service

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