Sentencing today for homeless man convicted in carjacking case

A Riverside-area transient who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a carjacking at a Park & Ride lot in Fallbrook was scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Robert James Lynch of Wildomar pleaded guilty in connection with the Jan. 29 carjacking in the 4700 block of Pala Road.

Lynch, who is in his mid-20s, approached the victim around 3 p.m. and asked him for money, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

When the driver offered Lynch a dollar, Lynch replied that it wasn't "good enough" and pulled a black replica pistol from his waistband, then pointed it at the victim's head and demanded the keys to his red Toyota Tacoma, authorities said.

The owner of the truck complied and Lynch drove off only to lose control of the vehicle near South Mission Road, where he crashed it, after which he fled on foot. Deputies found Lynch hiding in a commercial trash bin at a nearby shopping mall a short time later.

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