Police: Suspect carjacked Toppenish man at gunpoint, stole his Mercedes
TOPPENISH, Wash. — A 30-year-old man was arrested after police say he carjacked a man at gunpoint last month.
Javier Diaz, 30, was booked into the Yakima County jail Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
Officers were called about 5 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2019 to reports of a robbery at gunpoint outside a home near Adams Avenue and South Juniper Street.
In court documents, witnesses told police a man had given Diaz a ride to the house and was waiting to give him a ride to a nearby store, sitting in the black 2013 Mercedes parked in the driveway.
After about 45 minutes of waiting, police say the man knocked on the door and told Diaz they needed to leave before getting back into the driver’s seat of the car.
Police say Diaz walked to the car, opened the driver’s side door and told the man to move over; the man reportedly said no and told Diaz to get in the passenger seat.
Witnesses told police Diaz asked the man to move again and told him, “You’re pissing me off,” according to court documents.
Police say when the man told Diaz no the second time, Diaz pulled a silver pistol out of his waistband, pointed it at the man and said, “Don’t make me hurt you,” court documents said.
Witnesses told police the man got out of the car, ran away and Diaz followed him in the Mercedes, telling him to get back in the car before speeding away.
Officers reportedly found the car parked in the back of a relative’s business and returned it to the owner.
Court documents show Diaz has a lengthy criminal history, including multiple felony convictions for possessing controlled substances without a prescription, second-degree robbery and third-degree assault.
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