A 24-year-old parolee is back in the jail Saturday, this time for reportedly committing carjackings within minutes of each other in Hacienda Heights and the City of Industry, authorities said.
Markkis Porsche Sonier, on probation for an assault offense, allegedly told a man at a restaurant parking lot at Seventh Avenue and the Pomona (60) Freeway about 8:50 p.m. Friday that he had a gun and demanded the man's green Dodge Neon, Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Taylor said.
Sonier drove away northbound on Seventh Avenue, where he abandoned the car in the supermarket at Turnbull Canyon Road and Gale Avenue in Industry, Taylor said.
While at the parking lot, the Long Beach resident confronted a woman and physically assaulted her by hitting her on the head with a glass bottle and stole her beige Lexus, according to Taylor.
As deputies were responding to the area of the first carjacking, Sonier nearly collided with a patrol car.
"Realizing that the vehicle that nearly collided into them could possibly be related to the carjacking which had just happened, deputies conducted a traffic stop and detained the driver without incident," he said.
The first carjacking victim was not injured. The second victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries. No firearm was located.
Sonier was arrested and booked at the sheriff's Industry station, where he was being held on $185,000 bail. He was transferred at 4:45 a.m. to the Inmate Reception Center, 450 Bauchet St., in downtown Los Angeles. Sonier will be back in court Dec. 31.