Police: Bellevue carjacking suspect ditches car because he can’t drive stick shift

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are searching for a group of men involved in an attempted armed carjacking that ended when the carjacker realized he couldn’t drive a stick shift.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bellevue Plaza at the intersection of Highway 70 S and Old Hickory Boulevard in Bellevue.

According to police, the victim told officers he left a store and was heading back to his car when a group of five to seven guys complimented it.

When the victim got into his car, he said one of the guys used what appeared to be an Uzi to tap on the car window. The victim ran off to call 911, leaving his car behind.

Metro officers said the carjacker tried to drive off in the car, but quickly realized he could not drive a stick shift, so he ran away.

“If you can’t drive a stick, that’s pretty sad,” said Samantha Steger, who frequently shops at Bellevue Plaza. “Obviously, they don’t work in valet, so that narrows down that occupation.”

“It’s scary, especially the Uzi part because that’s a major weapon,” said Brittni Couturier who works at Merle Norman in Bellevue Plaza. “I feel good for the person that owned that car. I’m glad they weren’t able to drive the car away, so that’s a relief.”

The victim was not hurt.

Authorities say it’s unclear if any of the other guys in the group with the carjacker were involved. There is no detailed description of any of those guys.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.