Carjacking victim forced to give suspect stick-shift lesson, police say

Carjacking victim forced to give suspect stick-shift lesson, police say

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The victim of a Lower Garden District carjacking was forced to give the suspect a lesson in driving a stick-shift, police say.

Anthony Watson, 17, was arrested and booked with armed robbery, carjacking and use of a firearm in a robbery and simple kidnapping.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Coliseum Street.

The victim states that as she exited her vehicle parked on Coliseum Street, she was approached by Watson and a second unknown man.

She tells police that one suspect demanded her property. The second suspect pointed a black handgun at her and entered the driver's seat of the vehicle.

After realizing the vehicle was a stick-shift, police say the gunman forced the victim into the passenger's seat of the car. The woman was forced to drive around with the suspects, teaching them to drive the manual shift.

She was forced out of the vehicle near the intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Philip streets. The victim was not injured in the incident.

Police were able to track the victim's stolen iPhone to the intersection of South Robertson and Philip streets. Detectives say they located the victim's stolen vehicle, which was running and stopped at the location.

As officers approached the vehicle, police say both suspects exited the car and fled on foot. Watson was apprehended by authorities. The second suspect managed to elude police.

Investigators say recovered a handgun next to the stolen vehicle.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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