SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man accused of abducting a batting coach and his teenage student at Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa last week, then committing a carjacking to make his getaway, was arrested in Orange County following a high-speed chase, police announced Monday.
Ira Stringer was taken into custody in the city of Orange on Saturday after fleeing from a Circle K gas station he allegedly robbed, according to a San Diego Police Department statement.
Stringer allegedly admitted to the double kidnapping when he was interviewed by SDPD detectives, and also allegedly admitted to robbing an am/pm store in Lemon Grove before making his way to Orange County.
The coach and teenage boy were kidnapped last Wednesday morning from the Hickman Field ballpark at 5100 Hickman Field Drive. Stringer allegedly approached them and asked for a cigarette. When the coach and teen declined, Stringer allegedly threatened them with a silver revolver and ordered them both into the coach's car.
He allegedly ordered the coach to drive them to Ramona, with the teen in the passenger seat and Stringer in the back seat with his gun pointed at the victims.
Stringer allegedly took the coach's cell phone and pretended to have a conversation with another person who appeared to be in on the heist, according to San Diego police.
The coach allegedly tried to take the gun from Stringer and a fight ensued, causing the coach to lose control of the car and crash into another vehicle near San Vincente and Warnock roads in Ramona. The gun went off twice during the struggle, striking the roof of the car, according to the SDPD.
Immediately after the crash, the teen got out of the car and ran to a passing motorist to ask for help. The good Samaritan took the boy to the Ramona sheriff's station.
The victims told deputies that after the crash, the kidnapping suspect carjacked an elderly woman who tried to help them.