Man accused of carjacking woman at Fashion Valley Mall ordered to stand trial

SAN DIEGO - A man accused of carjacking a woman at a local shopping mall was ordered Thursday to stand trial.

McGhee Duclos, 28, faced a judge for a preliminary hearing in connection with a carjacking at Fashion Valley Mall back in March.  

Following Thursday's hearing, Superior Court Judge Joan P. Weber decided there was enough evidence to take the case to trial.

According to authorities, the incident happened March 20 inside a covered parking garage near Nordstrom and JC Penney at the mall.

On the witness stand Thursday, the alleged victim said she was getting out of her blue Jaguar when an armed man authorities identified as Duclos approached her. The woman described how he held a gun -- later determined to be a BB gun -- to her stomach.

Authorities said the woman handed over her car to the man and notified police, who broadcast a vehicle description.

Authorities said the woman's purse was also stolen with her iPhone inside. Once police learned that information, an officer used the "Find my iPhone" smartphone app to track her phone inside the car.

Police caught up with the man about 45 minutes later near the corner of Guymon Street and Euclid Avenue in the Chollas View area -- nearly nine miles from Fashion Valley Mall.

Shortly after that, the alleged victim arrived at the scene with police in a blacked-out sedan to identify the suspect.

Duclos has faced legal trouble in the past, and he may face a lengthy prison sentence due to the state's "Three Strikes" law.

10News obtained court documents that revealed Duclos was convicted of robbing and hurting women on several occasions since 2005.

Duclos is expected to be back in court in two weeks.

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