A 24-year-old man accused of taking a Banning motorist’s vehicle at gunpoint must stand trial on carjacking and other charges, a judge ruled Thursday.

Rudy White Marin of Banning was arrested on April 23, within a few hours of allegedly taking the car on East Nicolet Street.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the carjacking count, as well as auto theft and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and being a repeat car thief.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for June 24 and left the defendant’s bail at $235,000. He’s being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to Banning police, Marin allegedly approached a man parking his sedan in the 400 block of East Nicolet Street, near Drury Lane, about 9:50 a.m. and leveled a handgun at him while ordering him out of the car. The victim complied, at which point the defendant allegedly got behind the wheel, going westbound, police said.

The unnamed motorist, who was not injured, immediately called 911, and patrol officers swarmed the area, but were unable to 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 a mile west of where the theft occurred, according to police.

Several backup officers arrived, and the defendant was stopped on West Ramsey, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.

According to court records, Marin has prior convictions for auto theft, receiving a stolen vehicle, felony driving under the influence and illegal possession of a firearm.

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