Carjacking attempt foiled by pesky manual transmission

A St. Louis man lucked out last week when a pair of carjackers abandoned his Nissan Altima because it had a manual transmission.

According to KMOV, Dustin French was on his way back to his Benton Park home from a gas station around 11 PM on October 13th. When French pulled up to the curb outside of his home a silver Honda Accord quickly pulled in behind him. A passenger then hopped out, approached him, and flashed a gun.

“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 told the news station.

Since he was alone at night and the nearest streetlight was burned out, French decided that discretion was the better part of valor and did as he was told. “All I got out luckily were my keys and I said what do I do now. I was asking for orders,” French told the station. “He said get up and walk away. Face away and keep walking.”

French complied with the carjacker’s demands. “I’m glad I didn’t panic or threaten violence or make any quick moves,” French said. “Kept my wits about me as best as I could. Asked thieves for instructions on what to do to prevent harm to myself.”

But then a strange thing happened. The carjackers apparently left French’s car behind and took off without stealing anything. French told KMOV he believes that they did so because his car has a manual transmission and the gunman, who St. Louis Police say was in his late teens or early-20s, couldn’t drive one. Thankfully, French wasn’t hurt and his Nissan is still safely in his possession.

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