A man who expected to enjoy a quick bite from Yreka’s KFC instead found himself on a short road trip at gunpoint Tuesday when he was carjacked and forced to drive to Redding.
The suspect in the case, described as a white male, approximately 30 years old, six feet tall wearing a black jacket, gloves and dirty jeans, couldn’t be located after he fled from the vehicle at Twin View Boulevard in Redding, according to a press release from the Redding Police Department.
Yreka Police Department Detective Travis Cooke said the victim, whose name hasn’t been released, had just left KFC at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The suspect approached him while he was stopped at the intersection of Oberlin Road and South Main Street.
The man brandished a handgun and demanded the victim exit the car, but he refused, said Cooke. The suspect then entered the vehicle and demanded the victim “drive.”
The victim drove south on I-5 where he exited Twin View Boulevard because his vehicle was running low on fuel, RPD said. When the vehicle came to a stop on the off-ramp, the suspect fled westbound toward Caterpillar Road.
RPD responded to the call just after 4 p.m. at the Tractor Supply, 5450 Mountain View Drive
A search for the suspect ensured with the help of a K9 and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, but the suspect wasn’t located.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact the YPD at (530)841-2300 or the RPD at (530)225-4200.