Seattle teens try to steal car, thwarted by stick shift

Seattle teens try to steal car, thwarted by stick shift

Seattle teens try to steal car, thwarted by stick shift

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by CNN

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 7:45 PM

SEATTLE (CNN) — Three teens tried to steal an elderly woman's car in Seattle Saturday.

"And he says I want your car keys," carjacking victim Nancy Fredrickson.

70-year-old Nancy 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," she told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV.

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 Frederickson just stood there as they tried and failed! It’s hilarious to her neighbors.

"They can't drive a stick? That's like unmanly," Frederickson’s neighbor, Ryan Whitney said.

But the teens didn't find it funny, they panicked!

KIRO-TV 7 News obtained surveillance video showing them sprinting across the parking lot of a business across South Main Street, with one bolting in another direction from his accomplices.

And 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 p.m.

"We're all elderly up here, you know? Yeah. You know what I'm saying? It's scary in broad daylight too," another neighbor, Ronnie Conle told KIRO-TV.

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

"It was quite an interesting day, let's put it that way," Fredrickson laughed

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