A convicted felon accused of taking a Banning motorist’s vehicle at gunpoint was charged Tuesday with carjacking and other offenses.
Rudy White Marin, 24, of Banning was arrested Friday within a few hours of allegedly taking the car on East Nicolet Street.
Along with carjacking, Marin is charged with auto theft and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and being a repeat car thief.
Marin, who is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility, is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday at the Banning Justice Center.
According to Banning police, about 9:50 a.m. Friday, Marin allegedly approached a man parking his sedan in the 400 block of East Nicolet Street, near Drury Lane, and leveled a handgun at him, ordering him out of the car.
The victim complied, and Marin allegedly got behind the wheel, going westbound, police said.
The motorist, who was not injured, called 911 to report the carjacking, and officers swarmed the immediate area, but couldn’t find any sign of the car.
Based on the victim’s description, investigators quickly identified Marin as the alleged thief, and about three hours later, a patrolman spotted him in the car in the 1700 block of West Ramsey Street, roughly one mile west from where the theft occurred, according to police.
Several backup officers arrived, and Marin was stopped on West Ramsey Street, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for auto theft, receiving a stolen vehicle, felony driving under the influence and illegal possession of a firearm.