A teenaged boy waiting for his mother to get off work was the victim of a carjacking on Wednesday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The 14-year-old boy was waiting in his mother's car in the parking lot of the Dollar Tree on the 15700 block of Main Street at 9 p.m. on October 14, when he saw the shadow of someone approaching the vehicle. Thinking it was his mother, he got out of the car and was confronted by a knife-wielding man, who demanded the car keys. The boy handed over the keys and the suspect drove away with the vehicle.

A witness followed the vehicle as it drove westbound down Main, and Deputy Mark Smith picked up the pursuit near the intersection of Main and Mariposa Road. Smith reportedly prevented the vehicle from turning onto the southbound Interstate 15. The suspect sped away, driving through a field, leaping a large embankment, then drove northbound on the southbound ramp and back onto Main Street, before stranding the vehicle on the curb behind the car wash of an AM/PM convenience store.

Witnesses told deputies searching the area that the suspect had fled on foot and pointed out his escape route.

Hesperia resident Edward Ramirez, 30, was reportedly almost to a nearby hotel when deputies arrested him. Ramirez is a parolee and an alleged gang member. He was booked at Victor Valley Jail on charges of carjacking, failure to yield and parole violations.

The knife reportedly used in the carjacking was found in the vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Hesperia station at 947-1549 or the anonymous WE TIP line at (800) 782-7463.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/HesperiaStar.