A Pleasanton man who allegedly used a rusted metal cylinder he found on the ground to smack his friend before stealing his car in San Mateo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges against him, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Aaron Micheal Hanna, 26, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court before Judge Stephen Hall to face charges of carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon and an enhancement for being armed with a firearm during the commission of a felony, district attorney’s officials said.
Prosecutors allege that Hanna was riding in the victim’s black Honda Accord just before 3 p.m. when the vehicle began to overheat, prompting the victim to pull over at a gas station in the 800 block of North Delaware Street in San Mateo. The two men, who hadn’t been friends for long, had shared a meal together before the car began to overheat, according to prosecutors. While the victim, a 30-year-old San Bruno resident, was tending to his vehicle by looking under the hood, Hanna allegedly struck the victim with the cylinder, resulting in a glancing blow to the neck, according to prosecutors.
The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. Hanna then took the victim’s Honda and drove away, police said. Officers who responded to the call put out an area-wide broadcast with a description of Hanna and the vehicle. At about 5:30 p.m., Hanna and the car were located in the area of San Bruno Avenue and Skyline Boulevard in San Bruno, police said. Hanna was arrested without incident and the vehicle was recovered. Hanna will return to court on March 17 at 2 p.m. for a preliminary hearing. He remains in custody on $150,000 bail.
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