VISTA–Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who punched a female juvenile in the face, and stole her vehicle at a Vista resident, authorities said Wednesday.
The assault and robbery occurred just after 8:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Kiva Lane, according to Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies and the Vista Gang Enforcement Team arrived on scene and detained an adult male suspect, who is on parole for arson, standing in the doorway of a nearby residence.
The victim, a juvenile, reported she drove to the location to visit a friend. When the victim parked her vehicle, she was confronted by the male who began punching her in the face. The victim ran to safety at a nearby residence and called the Sheriff’s Department. The man stole the victim’s car and parked it a short distance away from where the incident occurred. The man then tried to gain access into a residence through the front door where he was ultimately detained by deputies.
The suspect was arrested for robbery, carjacking, willful cruelty to a child, and for a parole warrant.