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Teen facing life for carjacking during test drive
April 26, 2012, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

A 26-year-old Mustang owner advertising his vehicle for sale was kidnapped by a teen who pulled a fake gun after the test drive, bound him with handcuffs and a pillow case in the back seat and drove around demanding the pink slip, according to prosecutors.

Jeremy Jenkins, 19, responded to the Craigslist ad on Monday, April 23 and met the owner at the Daly City BART station. Jenkins allegedly put a gym bag in the car prior to the test drive and afterwards pulled a replica handgun and ordered the man to handcuff himself. Jenkins pulled a pillow case over the man’s head and placed him in the back seat, demanding the pink slip, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

When the man said the pink slip was at home, Jenkins allegedly drove around for 20 minutes before pulling into a garage and having the man call his mother. The woman, sensing something was amiss when asked to bring the pink slip to the BART station, called 911. While BART police met with the mother, the victim again called and the officer was able to discern what was happening, Wagstaffe said.

The police waited at the BART parking lot and when Jenkins arrived detained him at gunpoint. Jenkins told the officer he made "a stupid mistake,” Wagstaffe said.

Jenkins pleaded not guilty yesterday to carjacking, robbery and kidnapping during a carjacking. The kidnapping charge alone carries a life sentence.

He was denied bail and remains in custody. He returns to court May 7 for a preliminary hearing.

Michelle Durand can be reached by email: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.

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