Carjacker “apparently unfamiliar with how cars work” fails at attempt to steal vehicle


Police say the man tried to drive off while the car was in park
Jamie Bittner


Pittsburgh police are investigating an attempted armed carjacking that ended with the alleged carjacker giving up and running away on Shetland Street in the Larimer/Lincoln-Lemington area.

Police said that on January 16th around 5:35 p.m., a 20-year-old man said he had stopped at his house to drop off food for his grandmother and had left his friend waiting inside his running vehicle.

The gunman approached as the driver ran into the house. According to police, the gunman then ordered the victim’s friend, who was still waiting inside the vehicle, to get out of the car.

Police said the alleged carjacker repeatedly revved the engine to drive off, however was “apparently unfamiliar with how cars work, because the vehicle was in park the whole time.”

The man gave up and fled on foot.