MONROVIA — Police Friday continued seeking two men who carjacked and robbed a good Samaritan at gunpoint after he agreed to jump start their pickup truck earlier this week, authorities said.
The crime occurred Tuesday in a residential neighborhood on 5th Avenue, between Chestnut and Walnut avenues, Monrovia Police Sgt. Nick Manfredi said.
The carjacked minivan was recovered Thursday in Monrovia, and police were examining it for clues, the sergeant said.
The victim, an Upland man in his mid-20s, was approached by two men in a pickup truck about 6:40 a.m., he said.
One of the men exited the pickup truck and asked if the victim would use his 2002 Dodge Caravan to jump-start their truck, according to Manfredi.
“Victim agreed and he drove up to the suspects’ vehicle,” he said. “That’s when one of the suspect produced a small-caliber handgun and demanded the victims money.”
The victim turned over his money, and the robber then jumped into the minivan and sped away, Manfredi. The pickup truck also fled the scene.
Officers Thursday found the minivan abandoned in the 300 block of West Olive Avenue and were processing it for evidence Friday before returning it to its owner, officials said.
Police described the gunman as a white man in his late-30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with shoulder-length blond hair. He wore blue jeans and a blue T-shirt.
The driver of the pickup truck involved in the robbery and carjacking was described only as male. The truck was a small, white, late-80s-model pickup.