Caught on video: Man robs 81-year-old woman who was feeding homeless people

(KTLA) — A man suspected of carjacking an 81-year-old woman who was feeding homeless people in California has been arrested, police said Thursday.

The incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of a Stater Bros. store in Redlands.

Roberto Carlos Sanchez Jr.  can be seen in a photo released by Redlands Police on May 26, 2022.
Roberto Carlos Sanchez Jr. can be seen in a photo released by Redlands Police on May 26, 2022.

Nina Steinman told Redlands Police she had been in the parking lot providing meals to homeless people in the area, something she has been doing since January.

While Steinman was handing out the last of the food she had made herself from her open trunk, the suspect allegedly forcibly took the keys from her and sat in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, police said.

Video released by police showed Steinman managed to open the door after the carjacker got in, but the man closed it and she was unable to open it.

“Let me tell you I’m not scared,” Steinman told KTLA. “I wanted to take his shirt and just drag that little puppy out of the front seat, but I couldn’t get the door open.”

The suspect then drove off while Steinman was still holding the driver’s door, and she was knocked to the ground.

She was not injured but was left with bruises on her arm and without her wallet and purse.

Steinman said she had to change her locks because she was afraid the man would break into her house.

The man was then seen entering western highway 10, with the tailgate of the stolen vehicle still open, police said.

Los Angeles Police Department officers spotted the stolen 2015 Kia Sportage in a parking garage in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

The driver was identified as 24-year-old Roberto Carlos Sanchez Jr. and he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, police said.

Redlands Police later confirmed that Sanchez is suspected of carjacking in the Redlands parking lot.

He was transported to the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino, California, where he was held on suspicion of carjacking and elder abuse. His bail was set at $250,000.

Steinman planned to go to Los Angeles on Thursday to recover her stolen vehicle, which was still drivable, she told KTLA.

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