65-year-old John Guadalupe Martinez with his 2-year-old grandson in tow is suspected of robbing an Orchard Supply Hardware store in east Modesto on Friday morning.
Police said the parolee left the store after using his vehicle to ram a forklift an alert employee used to try to trap him.
Modesto police Lt. Jolene Gonzales said an employee witnessed Martinez stealing some tools before leaving the store with the child.
As Martinez got into his car, an employee parked the forklift behind the vehicle, Gonzales said. Martinez then rammed the forklift and another car parked nearby with the child unrestrained in the back seat, Gonzales said.
Martinez escaped and dropped off the child at a relative’s house before returning home, where the child’s mother was waiting, Gonzales said.
Meanwhile, officers at the scene gathered enough information to identify Martinez. They went to his house, and Martinez tried to run away. Officers set up a perimeter, and Martinez, who had hopped a couple of fences, was found and taken into custody.
The child, who was not injured, was returned to his mother.
Gonzales said Martinez was booked at Stanislaus County Jail on charges of robbery, child endangerment and assault with a deadly weapon. He remained in custody Saturday afternoon, and his bail was set at $100,000.