A man was detained in connection with the carjacking of a 70-year-old nun in South Los Angeles on Thursday, police said.
A robbery involving a vehicle was reported just before 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Adams Boulevard, on the border the Adams-Normandie and University Park neighborhoods, L.A. Police Officer Tony Im said.
According to a USC police officer, a student alerted authorities about a man who tried to rob the 76 gas station on Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.
When the clerk hit a button that locked the front door, the perpetrator exited through the back door, the officer told KTLA.
The man ended up at the gas station's carwash, where he allegedly entered the backseat of a nun's car.
He got on the floor and ordered the victim to drive, threatening to kill her if she did not follow his directions, the USC police officer said.
The nun drove about five miles to a Carl's Jr. on the corner of Washington Boulevard and Soto Street in Boyle Heights, where the man told her to stop, the officer added.
The woman then grabbed her keys and ran out screaming in the parking lot, according to the official.
The suspect ran away, but was detained about half a mile east of the fast food restaurant, Im said.
The victim did not sustain any injuries, he added.
The incident remained under investigation.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated how the suspect initially got away. The post has been updated.