19-year-old arrested on suspicion of stealing car at gunpoint in Pacific Beach

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 19-year-old man was behind bars Monday on suspicion of stealing a car at gunpoint and briefly kidnapping the car’s driver after asking a man for a ride in Pacific Beach, police said.

The series of events began shortly after 9:05 p.m. Sunday on Grand Avenue near Haines Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

A 21-year-old man was sitting in his 2007 Hyundai sedan when the 19- year-old man walked up to the victim, asked him for a ride and got into the car, Buttle said.

The victim started to drive away when the suspect pulled out a handgun and told him to keep driving, Buttle said.

The victim pulled over in the 1400 block of Grand Avenue and yelled for help before the suspect pistol-whipped him, knocking out some of the victim’s teeth, Buttle said.

The victim got out of the car and the suspect drove away before crashing into a parked car in the 4600 block of Gresham Street, Buttle said.

An officer in the area witnessed the crash and saw the suspect flee the car on foot and jump over a fence into the backyard of a nearby residence, Buttle said.

After a perimeter was set up, officers located the suspect hiding in the backyard and arrested him without incident, Buttle said.

The suspect, 19-year-old Skyler Battreall, was arrested and booked into San Diego Central Jail around 3 a.m. on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping, Officer Robert Heims said.

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