Seattle teens try to steal car, thwarted by stick shift

Seattle teen carjackers thwarted by stick shift
Seattle teen carjackers thwarted by stick shift

SEATTLE (KIRO/CNN) – Three teens tried to steal an elderly woman’s car in Seattle Saturday.

But there was one problem, none of them knew how to drive it.

KIRO spoke with the victim who can now laugh about the whole thing.

“And he says I want your car keys,” carjacking victim Nancy Fredrickson said.

70-year-old Fredrickson was grabbing something from the trunk of her car when suddenly she saw a gun inches from her face.

“You turn around and here’s this big gun right here, right here,” Fredrickson said.

She dropped her keys and says three teens jumped into her KIA.

The only problem was none of them knew how to drive a stick shift.

“I’ve got five speed in there and they couldn’t figure out how to get it going,” Fredrickson explained

So Fredrickson just stood there as they tried and failed.

It’s hilarious to her neighbors.

“They can’t drive a stick? That’s like unmanly,” neighbor Ryan Whitney said.

But the teens didn’t find it funny, they panicked.

KIRO obtained a surveillance video showing the teens sprinting across the parking lot of a business across South Main Street with one bolting in another direction from his accomplices.

It turns out, the one thing that held up the suspects may help lead police find them. Fredrickson says she saw officers taking fingerprints off the gear shift.

Police also got DNA evidence.

Other neighbors are surprised the would-be carjackers even tried it at 4:30 in the afternoon.

“We’re all elderly up here, you know? Yeah. You know what I’m saying? It’s scary in broad daylight too,” neighbor Ronnie Conle

Fredrickson never imagined a stick shift would trip up three thieves, but she’s thrilled she and her car survived unharmed.

“It was quite an interesting day, let’s put it that way,” Fredrickson said.

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