A woman waiting for her husband to chat with band members at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto about 4 a.m. Sunday had her silver Toyota Prius carjacked at gunpoint, Agent Brian Philip reported.
The carjacker forced her to get out of the car and he drove off in it, Philip said. The woman said she felt the car door open on her side and thought it was her husband returning, but when she looked up she was looking into the barrel of a gun.
She described the man as Hispanic and wearing a beige or yellow shirt.
Philip and officers were in the area and called in the carjacking.
A short time later San Mateo police saw a car matching the description in the area of El Camino Real and Peninsula Avenue, near the San Mateo/Burlingame border and tried to make a traffic stop. But the car sped off and, after losing it for a few moments they found it parked and unoccupied, Philip reported.
But nearby a man was walking away from the vehicle and police detained him.
Palo Alto police took the woman victim to the scene and she made a positive identification.
The man was identified Raymond Charles Lewis, 33, of San Francisco. Philip said the man was intoxicated and had apparently been visiting a bar or bars in downtown Palo Alto and may have been trying to get back to San Francisco.
He was booked into Santa Clara County jail for carjacking and some warrants for evading taxi fares, Philip said, adding that he may also face charges of evading police and driving under the influence.