California State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata was carjacked in Oakland this past Saturday. Later that night, Richmond police discovered his car in good condition.

Perata represents the Ninth District, which includes Berkeley. He parted ways with his dear red 2006 Dodge Charger with 22-inch rims at 51st Street and Shattuck Avenue, not too far away from the Berkeley border.

Perata is well known for advocating gun control, and on Saturday he came face to face with his nemesis. The carjacker approached Perata with his gun sideways, announcing himself with “gangster style,” according to the Oakland Trib. Seriously? That’s hardly gangsta at all.

We’re glad that Perata is OK and that the police recovered the car. It’s a shame, though, he couldn’t beat down the carjacker like in the scene from “Gone in 60 Seconds.” We are by no means advocating violence (or “Gone in 60 Seconds” for that matter), but then we would literally have a kick-ass State Senator/President.

Image Source: Office of Don Perata
Perata’s Dodge found near Hilltop Mall 9 hours after carjacking [SF Gate]
Sen. Don Perata Carjacked in Oakland, Car Found Safe/Sound [SFist]


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