A 41-year-old San Diego-area transient was in custody Friday on suspicion of stealing a woman's car and her ATM card at knifepoint after she allowed him to stay at her Chula Vista home, police said.
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Raphael Antonio Velez also kicked the 57-year-old victim and bound her hands and feet during Tuesday's car theft, according to Chula Vista police, who said the victim suffered minor injuries, mainly bruising and small abrasions.
Velez then drove to a nearby ATM, where he withdrew cash before using the vehicle to flee to Mexico, police said in a statement.
Neighbors heard the bound woman's screams for help and called police, who obtained an arrest warrant for Velez.
On Thursday, Velez was detained at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as he attempted to drive back into the United States. Police said he was subsequently placed under arrest and booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of carjacking, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and making criminal threats.
Arraignment was scheduled for Monday afternoon at the South Bay courthouse, according to jail records.
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