Carjackers nearly foiled by stick shift

Darci Marchese,

WASHINGTON – Police are looking for two bold carjackers who ran into trouble when they couldn’t drive the car they were trying to steal.

D.C. Police spokesman Anthony Clay says two men forced a man and a woman in the trunk of their car at gunpoint. Saturday morning around 6 a.m. It happened in the 2300 hundred block of Champlain Street NW in Columbia Heights.

Police say when the suspects realized they couldn’t drive the car because it was a manual transmission, they got the man out of the trunk and told him to drive the car.

Clay says the driver jumped out of the moving the car around the 4300 block of Helen Burroughs NE and called 911.

The car was later found abandoned in Prince George’s County in the 700 block of 60th Avenue.

The woman was able to get out of the car unharmed but the suspects are still on the loose.

Police say they are black men, between 5′ 8″ and 5′ 9″ tall. There isn’t a good description since they both were wearing masks.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202 727-9099.

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