TEMECULA — A woman was carjacked after pulling onto the inside shoulder of the 15 Freeway in Temecula, and the assailant remained at large Wednesday.
The carjacking occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on northbound I-15, near Temecula Parkway (Highway 79), according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Mike Lassig said the victim, identified only as a 37-year-old Murrieta woman, was driving her 2020 Mercedes Benz when she felt a tap on her rear bumper from a 2004 Toyota Matrix directly behind her, prompting her to pull onto the inner shoulder, next to the center divider of the freeway.
Lassig said that the driver of the Toyota approached her, pulled a weapon and forced the victim out of her Mercedes. He then got behind the wheel and sped away, according to the CHP spokesman.
The victim was not injured.
The suspect left the Toyota behind, and the woman called 911, but law enforcement officers could not locate the Mercedes.
The assailant was described as a man with dark hair and a beard, in his early 20s, 5-feet-7 inches tall and 170 pounds.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Temecula office at 951-506-2000.