A parolee suspected of stealing a Lake Elsinore driver’s vehicle at gunpoint and trying unsuccessfully to flee from sheriff’s deputies was being held without bail Monday.

Carlos Armando Venegas, 26, was arrested in the predawn hours Saturday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm and parole violations.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Garcia,Venegas allegedly confronted a woman parked in the 29000 block of Lupine Hills Drive, near McVicker Canyon Park Road, shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.

Carlos Armando Venegas, 26, was arrested in the predawn hours Saturday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm and parole violations.

The suspect leveled a handgun at the victim, demanding that she surrender her car keys, Garcia alleged. He said the victim complied, and the convicted felon fled eastbound in the vehicle.

The woman, whose name was not released, immediately called 911, and patrol units began scouring the area, searching for the sedan, according to the sergeant.

Around midnight, the suspect was spotted driving north of the lake, and a pursuit ensued, Garcia said. The chase lasted a couple of minutes before Venegas stopped and surrendered at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Machado Street, where he was taken into custody without further incident, the sheriff’s spokesman said.

No one was injured.

There was no information in jail records regarding the suspect’s prior convictions.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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