72-year-old man critically injured in carjacking

January 27, 2010 10:24:24 PM PST
Alameda County sheriff's investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who carjacked and attacked a 72-year-old motorist early Tuesday morning.

Deputies headed to a spot near Grove Way and Western Boulevard, in an unincorporated area outside of Hayward, at about 2 a.m. Tuesday in response to a 911 call from someone who reported seeing a man being choked.

The victim, a 72-year-old San Leandro man, told deputies a man had stolen his Honda Accord and his personal belongings then returned a few minutes later and began choking him, Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said.

The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition and the suspect remains at large. He is described as a white or Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s with dark hair and acne on his face.

He was last seen driving the victim's car, a dark bluish-green 1989 Honda Accord with damage to the passenger-side door and California license plate No. 5HEZ762.