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Elk Grove Cops Seek Carjacking Suspect, Release Photo

The suspect asked a parked motorist for a cigarette and when refused, forced his way into the vehicle and drove off; he let the woman go when another motorist honked a horn.

Police Wednesday asked for the public's help in identifying for capture a young man who forced his way into a woman's vehicle in Elk Grove and took off, dropping the woman off before leaving a parking lot.

The suspect about noon Monday asked a motorist parked near Kohl's -- in the 9600 block of Bruceville Road -- for a cigarette and when refused, displayed a pistol and forced his way into the vehicle to drive off.

The suspect had the victim in the car but when another motorist honked a horn, the suspect let the 19-year-old woman out -- with her purse, police said.

He kept the woman's cell phone however; the woman's 2002, four-door Mitsubishi Gallant -- license plate California license plate 5EEW575 -- was still outstanding Wednesday evening.

The car is missing a driver's side front hubcap and its front license plate; there are long horizontal white scratches across the rear bumber.

Its hood, top and trunk are heavily oxidized and there is a "baby on board" placard in the rear window, police said.

The suspect was described as being of Pacific Islander decent, about 23 years old, 6 feet 1 and about 250 pounds, police said.

He has brown curly hair tied in a pony tail. At the time of the carjacking he wore a dark-colored shirt with a white T-shirt underneath, baggy blue denim shorts, white tube socks and black shoes. The suspect also spoke with a Spanish accent.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to call Elk Grove police investigators at 916-478-8060 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP.

Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tips can also be sent by text message: text CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip 732 and then write the message.

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