Carjacking Thwarted When Thief Realizes Car Is Stick Shift

A man living in St. Louis had a run-in with an armed criminal who tried to steal his car, but then decided not to. The victim is lucky to be alive.

Evidently, if a person drives a car with manual transmission, it may be less likely to get stolen.

Last week, Dustin French, who lives in south St. Louis, had the misfortune of encountering an armed carjacker, KMOV reported. Luckily, he and his car were left unscathed.

French told local media that on Thursday night around 11 p.m., he was pulling up to the curb where he lives after driving home from the gas station. When he was parking, he noticed there was a car following him. He said it was unusually dark outside, since the streetlight was burned out.

A man carrying a gun got out of his car and approached French, forcing him to step out of his vehicle and empty his pockets. According to police, the gunman was in his late teens or early 20s and was driving a silver Honda Accord.

“A car came up right behind sort of half parallel parked behind me. A passenger got out with a firearm, told me to get out of my car, and empty my pockets,” French reportedly said.

French continued to recount the frightening incident, remembering how the gunman told him to “walk away” from the car. French said, “All I got out luckily were my keys and I said ‘what do I do now.’ I was asking for orders. He said, ‘Get up and walk away. Face away and keep walking.’”

But, the carjacker didn’t follow through and steal his car, oddly enough. French is under the impression that his car wasn’t stolen because his car had manual transmission.

The streetlight has since been replaced because French felt compelled to report it was broken after he was held up at gunpoint. But, police are still looking for the would-be car thief.

French claims he did his best to protect himself when confronted by the gunman, and urges others to do the same if they find themselves in a similar scenario. He said, “I’m glad I didn’t panic or threaten violence or make any quick moves. Kept my wits about me as best as I could. Asked thieves for instructions on what to do to prevent harm to myself.”

When French turned to the social networking site Nextdoor, users reportedly commented that he should start carrying a weapon to protect himself. But, he insisted that his intention is to “warn people” about their safety.

Humorously enough, it appears even carjackers have a preference for driving automatic, or maybe this particular one was just too lazy.

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