Prosecutor: Carjack suspect ran out of gas

May 20, 2011 8:52:32 AM PDT
California prosecutors say a man who carjacked a vehicle in Belmont was arrested while he was sitting in the car after it ran out of gas about eight miles away. Twenty-year-old Stephan Allen, of Rohnert Park, pleaded not guilty to a felony carjacking charge.

He's accused of stealing a Honda Civic from the parking lot of a pizzeria Monday evening after a woman and her 5-year-old daughter got out. The driver was apparently waiting for her husband to return with pizza.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Allen about two hours later after the car ran out of gas on a highway overpass in Burlingame. Troopers did not release details of the arrest.

The San Mateo County Times reports Allen is being held in the San Mateo County jail.