A man entered a victim’s car and wrestled the keys out of his hands while he was parked outside of a business on Manor Boulevard in San Leandro on Monday evening, police said. The suspect, identified as Ruben Powell, 22, opened the car door and slid into the passenger seat uninvited around 7 p.m. on Monday, police said. Powell, a San Leandro resident, allegedly demanded the victim’s cellphone, but the victim hid it in his pocket, according to police.
Powell allegedly tried unsuccessfully to grab the cellphone from the victim’s pocket, then attempted to pull the car keys from the ignition, police said. The victim struggled with Powell over the keys, police said. Powell allegedly threatened to “hit” the victim if he didn’t release them, according to police. Powell finally pulled the keys away from the victim and got out of the car, police said.
The victim yelled after him that was calling police, at which point Powell threw the keys back into the car, according to police. The victim called police, who detained Powell several blocks away, police said. Police arrested Powell on suspicion of robbery after the victim identified him.
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