Carjacking victims says ‘Never broke eye contact' with his attacker helped save his life

HOUSTON – A 27-year-old man who survived a carjacking in east Houston early Friday morning said he believes maintaining eye contact with his attacker helped save his life.

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Wayne, who asked KPRC not to use his full name, said he was carjacked while driving to visit friends near the intersection of Preston and York.

“I was on the phone, I wasn't paying attention to my surroundings and I looked up and to my left because I felt someone right there. I looked to my left and he was pulling his gun out of his pants,” said Wayne.

Wayne said the sight of the gun was quickly followed by demands.

“He was like, 'Just go ahead and run, get out of the car.' So he tapped his gun on the window,” said Wayne. “I just kept making eye contact with him and he was like, 'I will shoot you, I will shoot you.' If he was going to kill me, I wanted him to know that he was killing me.” 

Wayne said the gunman again ordered him to run away, but he said he kept his hands up and wouldn't turn his back to the robber.

“Never turn your back because if you disengage I feel like, you know, it's like they have less of a connection to you,” said Wayne.

Wayne said two boys, both wearing masks then took off in his car. He walked several blocks to a convenience store on Navigation near Engelke and called the police. While answering investigators’ questions he caught a glimpse of the morning news on a TV monitor in the store. He saw a video of his car mangled on the feeder road of the Gulf Freeway near the Scarborough exit. Police said the 16-year-old driver lost control and slammed into a light pole.

The 16-year-old driver was later charged with aggravated robbery and police said a gun was found in the car. A 16-year-old passenger died in the crash and two more people in the car were rushed to the hospital.

“It’s like instant karma almost,” said Wayne. “We all are going through hard times, everyone is going through hard times, and you shouldn't just take something because you can't get it. You should go out there and work harder to get it.”

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet released the identity of the 16-year-old killed in the crash.