Suspect arrested after carjacking in Wasco

Deputies arrested a man in Wasco after a carjacking Friday morning at an O’Reily’s Auto Parts store off Highway 46.

Jose Mejia, 19, of Wasco, allegedly tried to steal a parked car while a 19-year-old woman was in it, waiting for her parents in the store.

The woman got out of the car before Mejia drove off, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.

About 10 minutes later, deputies located Mejia driving the vehicle and made a traffic stop on the 1200 block of Margalo Street.

During the arrest, deputies found a Mejia in possession of a switchblade knife.

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