Police: Stick shift foils carjacking

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - The University of Texas At Houston Police Department says a first-year resident at the Baylor School of Medicine was carjacked at gunpoint as he was returning home over the weekend.

Investigators say the victim was pulling up to the main entrance gate the IMT apartments on Fannin Street near the 610 South Loop close to NRG Stadium when he was attacked.

The robbers, a 15-year old and 17-year-old Anthony Evans-Warner, are responsible for the attack, police say.

Police say Evans-Warner told the victim to get out of his car but then realized he didn't know how to operate a stick shift.

"The suspects were unfamiliar with the operation of a standard transmission and they tried to get the victim to show them how to drive the standard while he was being held at gunpoint," Inspector Stefan Happ said.

Police say the victim tried to explain how to operate his car while a gun was pointed to his head, and eventually the suspects told him to get out of the car a few blocks away.

The victim called police who responded quickly.

"A vehicle pursuit was initiated," Happ said. "The officers were chasing the vehicle and apparently they had issues operating the vehicle. They then jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot."

Both of the suspects were arrested a short time later and the car was returned to the victim.

Evans-Warner is in jail charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The 15-year-old suspect is also behind bars, but his name isn't being released because of his age.

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