The suspect wanted for the vicious beating and carjacking of an 89-year-old woman in El Cerrito last weekend was arrested Wednesday in Oakland after a resident tipped off authorities.
Terrance Hardy, a 28-year-old parolee, was detained on 73rd Avenue in Oakland about 8 p.m. after a resident who had seen his mug in media reports called police.
Hardy is accused of punching an 89-year-old woman, pulling her from her car and taking off in the vehicle outside the CVS store at 10650 San Pablo Ave. on Sunday afternoon. The woman, who had been picking up her medications, suffered injuries including a broken collar bone and ribs but is expected to survive.
Disturbed by the story, Bay Area residents kept their eyes peeled for Hardy after El Cerrito police announced they needed help finding him and released a mugshot.
“Throughout the day, the ECPD received tips from citizens providing information about having seen Terrance Hardy in the Oakland and San Leandro areas,” police said. “The US Marshals and [Oakland police] tracked down many leads for us.”
Hardy was transferred to El Cerrito police for processing and booked into the Contra Costa County Detention Facility on charges of carjacking and elder abuse causing great bodily injury.
The victim’s 1992 Toyota Camry remains missing and police hope someone will spot it and call them at (510) 215-4400, or leave an anonymous message at (510) 215-4414 ext. 40.