A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing an SUV and holding a man at knife point during a home-invasion robbery this week in Palos Verdes Estates, authorities said.

Eric Merli was also accused of attempting to carjack a taxi prior to the robbery, police said.

Just after 6 a.m. Monday, June 15, Palos Verdes Estates officers received a call from the taxi cab driver in the 1300 block of Granvia Altamira.

The suspect fled on foot before officers arrived but a detective later noticed a man matching the suspect’s description driving a Lexus SUV more than a mile away on Via Zurita, police said.

About this time a man in the 2400 block of Via Sonoma called police to report that someone had broken into his home, grabbed a knife from his kitchen and held him at knife point while demanding the keys to his vehicle.

The suspect fled in the SUV after taking cash and a cordless drill, police said.

He was taken into custody without incident, police said, adding that the items were found inside the vehicle.

Merli was being held in jail on $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

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