A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly beating and attempting to steal a motorist’s vehicle in Hemet.

Richard Ray Lester of Hemet was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of carjacking and assault likely to produce great bodily injury. He’s being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials, shortly before 4 a.m., Lester and another man, who remains at large, allegedly forced their way into a car in which two occupants were sleeping in the 42000 block of Whittier Avenue, just north of Hemet-Ryan Airport.

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The suspects pulled the driver, whose name was not released, out of the car, punched and kicked him multiple times before he was able to get away, investigators alleged.

The motorist’s friend, also not identified, fled with the victim a short distance away and called 911, sheriff’s officials said.

Lester and his cohort allegedly hooked a chain onto the victim’s car and used their automobile in an attempt to tow away the car, but according to a sheriff’s statement, deputies arrived before they could leave the location, and both suspects fled on foot.

Lester was apprehended without incident minutes later. The other man eluded capture. He’s described as Caucasian, 6 feet tall, heavy set with numerous tattoos.

The driver of the targeted vehicle was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The other person was not injured.

–City News Service

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