Belmont carjacker claimed ‘someone’s out to kill me’ 

The Rohnert Park man who allegedly stole a car occupied by a mom and her 5-year-old daughter in Belmont on Tuesday told the victims he needed the vehicle because “someone’s out to kill me,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

Though cops say he admitted to stealing the car, 20-year-old Stephan Thomas Allen pleaded not guilty to the allegation in Redwood City Felony Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors revealed more details about the terrifying heist Thursday.

The mother and child were sitting in a 2001 Honda Civic parked outside Toto’s Pizzeria and Restaurant at 1250 El Camino Real. The mom was waiting for her husband to fetch a pizza when Allen allegedly hopped in the passenger seat through an unlocked door.

Allen ordered the mom to drive, telling her that “someone’s out to kill me,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The mom took the keys out of the ignition, prompting Allen to push her in the shoulder and order her out of the car, Wagstaffe said.

The mom told Allen he could have the keys only after he let her daughter out of the car, Wagstaffe said. After the mom removed her daughter, she handed over the keys, he said.

Allen drove off and was found two hours later inside the car on the Broadway overpass of U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame. The car ran out of gas, Wagstaffe said.

Allen admitted to taking the car and was arrested for the carjacking, Belmont police Capt. Dan DeSmidt said.

The mom and child were not hurt during the heist.

Allen is expected to return to court for a preliminary hearing on May 31. On Wednesday, the court set bail at $100,000. Allen remains in custody.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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