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A male transient is being held in Santa Clara County Jail today on suspicion of carjacking and other charges after a man told police his car was stolen at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Home Depot early Tuesday evening, police said. Travontae Tyshoun Grays, 18, was arrested minutes after a 26-year-old man reported that his father had been forced at gunpoint to surrender his two-door 1988 Honda Accord to a man in the store lot at 1177 Great Mall Drive in Milpitas. The father, 67, of Milpitas, was sitting in the front seat of the car when the robbery occurred. The armed suspect was seen driving away in the black-colored Accord towards Southern Abel Street, Milpitas police said.
The victim’s son phoned police at 6:41 p.m. and officers located the Accord, which was unoccupied, at 6:45 p.m. at the corner of Curtis Avenue and South Abel Street. The suspect had abandoned the car and tried to escape on foot into the Monte Vista apartment complex at 1001 South Main St. in Milpitas. At about 6:47 p.m., officers said they saw Grays running through the complex and carrying a backpack. Two minutes later, officers captured Grays as he attempted to leap over a perimeter wall around the complex. After a search, police recovered a backpack that contained a firearm.
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