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Man jumps onto hood of car to stop carjacking; car thieves at large, police say

Man says pair carjacked him after asking for ride

SAN ANTONIO – A man who was trying to stop a pair of robbers from driving off in his car took desperate measures and suffered minor injuries.

He told San Antonio police he jumped onto the hood of the vehicle and held on for as long as he could.

The 25-year-old victim, who did not want to reveal his identity, also told his story to KSAT 12 News shortly after the incident early Friday morning.

He said he had just left a friend’s apartment in the 3600 block of Callaghan Road around 3:45 a.m. when he was approached by a man and woman in the parking lot who asked for a ride.

The victim says he agreed, but then things went wrong.

“The girl asked for a phone charger. And I was, like, 'Yeah, I got one in the trunk.' And I leave the keys in the ignition,” he says. “By the time you know it, they're in the front seat, windows up, doors locked and driving off.”

In an effort to stop them, the car owner said he jumped onto the hood of the vehicle and began breaking out the driver’s side window.

The robbers, though, weren’t giving up either, and drove right through the apartment complex’s metal gate.

“As soon as they busted through that gate, they threw me off into the street,” he said.

The victim was able to get up, then get patched up by paramedics.

He suffered minor injuries, including cuts, bruises and a sprained finger.

Police, meanwhile, launched a search of the area for the robbers, a man and woman in their 20s, and the stolen car.

Although they came up empty-handed, the car shouldn’t be too difficult to find.

It’s a white Toyota Camry which, thanks to the collision with the gate, now is sporting front end damage and missing a front window.


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