SAN ANTONIO – A 17-year-old carjacking suspect was arrested after San Antonio police said he beat a woman's head with a handgun, stole her Jeep and later led officers on a foot chase.
The suspect was identified by police as Jakob Contreras, who is being charged with several felonies.
A detective with the San Antonio Police Department said in an arrest affidavit that the carjacking took place Tuesday around 12:15 p.m. at a Super 8 motel located in the 5300 block of Casa Bella Street, which is on the city's northwest side.
The victim told police she was staying at the motel and got into her parked 2008 Jeep Cherokee when Contreras came up to her and asked for a ride.
When she told him "no," the victim said Contreras pulled out a gun, got in the passenger seat and told her to drive, according to the affidavit.
The victim said she drove down Casa Bella Street to a stop sign near the access road of Interstate 10 when she tried to take her keys and get out of the Jeep. She said that's when Contreras "began to hit her repeatedly in the head with the handgun," the affidavit said.
After the assault, the woman said she got out of her Jeep screaming for help.
A day after the carjacking, the SAPD detective said in the affidavit that officers found the stolen Jeep parked at a Motel 6 less than 5 miles away in the 9500 block of Wurzbach.
During surveillance of the Jeep, SAPD detectives said they saw Contreras get into the stolen vehicle and drive off.
When Contreras realized he was being followed, he ditched the Jeep tried to get away from officers, according to the affidavit. Contreras was arrested after leading authorities on a brief foot chase, the affidavit said.
Contreras is now being charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest, which are both state felonies.
His bail has been set at $95,000. The mugshot has not yet been released by officials.