A carjacker was stopped in his tracks by none-other than a stick shift error. Despite the fact that the car thief had successfully targeted a vehicle for the robbery, it was his inability to operate a car with a manual transmission that caused this theft attempt to fail.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office posted a brief statement on Facebook to inform the public of the suspects charges.
The 19-year-old carjacker, known as Antoren “Chief Keef” Bell, has been charged with theft, robbery and criminal mischief for his actions on May 18th.
According to the unfortunate car theft victim, Bell and his friends flagged down her car on 50th Avenue claiming that they needed a ride. However, once the woman had pulled over to help, Bell apparently pulled out a gun and told her to get out of the car.
Though, it seems that Bell’s plan was quickly ended when he realized that the car had a stick shift; this seemingly simple object, to the majority of people at least, soon had Bell fleeing on foot.
No doubt the carjacker was incredibly embarrassed that he had been overcome by a stick shift error on his part.
In a similar “epic fail,” a man failed to steal three cars from the same parking lot. Despite the fact that this particular man managed to avoid the authorities, he had nothing to show for it. Bell wasn’t so lucky. The 19-year-old was arrested and identified in a police line-up on Friday; furthermore, he is being held on a $400,000 bond.
The only thing that could have possibly made the stick shift error even more embarrassing would have been if the theft victim had taken a leaf out of a Texan drivers book and fought off the thieves. However, that kind of bravery is often difficult to come by when you’re amidst a potential robbery.
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