Man accused of taking part in locksmith's carjacking

Carlos Benavidez, 24, is last of 3 suspects to be charged

SAN ANTONIO – Carlos Benavidez, 24, is the last of three suspects to be charged in connection with the January carjacking of a locksmith.

An arrest warrant affidavit said that the 36-year-old victim had responded to a call for assistance in the 2500 block of S. Presa on Jan. 21. 

It said that while he was helping a woman who believed was a customer, two men came up behind him, used a Taser on him and pointed a gun at him. He told police the men then drove off in his SUV, along with the woman who it appears also was involved.

The affidavit said that the victim was able to track the location of his vehicle through his phone, which was still inside the SUV.

Police in Pleasanton then found the stolen vehicle and detained the people inside. 

The victim identified the woman and one of the men in a photo lineup but did not identify Benavidez, the affidavit said.

Police said one of the suspects later gave them Benavidez's name, saying he was holding the gun during the carjacking.

According to the affidavit, Benavidez has been in custody on other charges since February. The charge related to the carjacking was added Thursday.

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