A Riverside-area transient who carjacked a man at gunpoint at a Park & Ride lot in San Diego County was sentenced today to five years in prison.
Robert James Lynch, of Wildomar, pleaded guilty to carjacking and use of deadly weapon -- a replica pistol -- in connection with the Jan. 29 crime in the 4700 block of Pala Road in Fallbrook.
Lynch, 24, 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 it crashed, after which he fled on foot. Deputies found Lynch hiding in a commercial trash bin at a nearby shopping mall a short time later.
– City News Service.