Carjacking suspect unable to steal car because of stick shift

Police arrest man in 200 block of Mickeljohn Street

SAN ANTONIO – A car with a manual transmission proved to be too difficult for a carjacking suspect, according to San Antonio police.

They said the suspect, who stole the car at knifepoint early Friday morning, was not able to drive the car from the scene on the city's West Side.

The car owner told police that the suspect forced him to drive him to a location in the 200 block of Mickel John Street.

The victim said he was arguing with a woman outside a gas station on Culebra Road around 1:30 a.m. when another man approached him, demanded his car at knifepoint, then apologized for the carjacking.

He said the suspect quickly realized that he couldn't drive off with the vehicle, himself, because of its manual transmission. He said the suspect forced him into the car and told him to drive.

According to an officer, the victim was able to jump out of the vehicle at one point and call police. Officers went to Mickel John Street and arrested the suspect.

Police said the suspect suffered minor injuries during his arrest. They said they had to restrain him in handcuffs while he was being treated by paramedics because he wouldn't settle down.

He faces several charges, possibly including kidnapping.

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