A parolee who is suspected of attacking an 89-year-old woman before stealing her car in El Cerrito was arrested Wednesday night in Oakland, police said.
Terrance James Hardy was spotted by a person in the area and called police after she recognized the suspect from media broadcasts. He was detained by Oakland police without incident.
Hardy, 28, was later booked into Contra Costa County Detention Facility. He faces charges of car jacking and elder abuse causing great bodily injury, police said.
The attack was reported at CVS pharmacy parking lot in El Cerrito on Sunday afternoon.
When officers arrived at the parking lot, they found the elderly El Cerrito woman injured and lying on the ground.
Police said the woman drove her car to the pharmacy to pick up her medications. After leaving CVS the woman walked back to her car and was confronted by a man as she was getting inside her car.
The man, later identified by police as Hardy, punched the woman and pulled her out of her car. He then drove away in her car, according to police.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to the hospital. Police said her face and torso were injured by the man and that she suffered a broken collar bone and broken ribs. She has been hospitalized but is expected to survive her injuries, police said.
The woman's car, described as a white 1992 Toyota Camry with the license plate 2ZNR291, is still missing.