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Carjacking by fast food restaurant
Gunman threatened to kill couple unless they complied
Manteca Police officers converged on a fast food restaurant parking lot in the 200 block of Northgate Drive Thursday following the gunpoint carjacking of a couple sitting in their car shortly before 5:30 p.m. - photo by GLENN KAHL
A young Manteca couple invited an acquaintance to go on a road trip to San Francisco Thursday night.

The couple didn’t go because the acquaintance had another idea - stealing their vehicle outside a busy fast-food restaurant on Northgate Drive just off North Main Street.

Justin Hardin, 21, was sitting in his 1987 two-tone blue Chevy Caprice in the 200 block of Northgate Drive when a 17-year-old black teenager ordered him out of the car using a semi-automatic hand gun that had been described to police as having been outfitted with a silencer.

Hardin told officers he was in the car with a girlfriend when the gun was shoved in his face.  The teenage girl told police that she feared for her life, quoting the youth as ordering her to get out of the car stressing the command a second time, “Get out of the car bitch or I’ll shoot you.”

She said she didn’t want to be shot and she complied.

Manteca Police described the gunman as being of medium build with dreadlocks in his hair.  He had been seen driving up into the parking lot in a car with a female as the driver.  When he fled out of the lot with the victim’s car by himself, the female in the second car drove out behind him.

The victim told police the car – which he had purchased in Sacramento several days ago – had 26-inch custom rims on the wheels.   Officers interviewed witnesses inside the fast food restaurant as well as in the parking lot taking their statements.
Officers determined that Hardin had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest. However they decided not to arrest him and issued him a citation instead for not responding the charges described in the warrant.  Despite the threat of deadly gunfire, the teen suspect’s name and photograph could not be released because he was considered to be a juvenile.