Two people were carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot of a La Jolla pharmacy and forced to drive to a nearby ATM in order to withdraw money officials said.
The man and woman said they had just gotten into their car outside the CVS at the intersection of Nobel and Villa La Jolla around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a strange man jumped into their back seat.
The man pointed a gun at them and told them to get money out of an ATM in the same parking lot according to San Diego police.
The couple did as they were told but then the suspect didn’t leave, according to investigators. Instead, the man told them to drive through La Jolla and into Pacific Beach where he ordered them to stop at Soledad Mountain Road and Garnet Avenue.
The couple called 911 and police searched the area for a suspect matching the description.
Officers arrested a 31-year-old man at the corner of Loring and Soledad Mountain Road.
"They detained him, they determined he had an undetermined quantity of cash on him as well as he was in possession of what looked to be a hand gun which turned out to be a replica hand gun," San Diego police Lt. David Rohowits said.
The unidentified suspect was detained on suspicion of kidnapping and armed robbery.
It’s unknown how much cash the victims pulled from the ATM.
No one was injured in the robbery.