MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –A Minneapolis man tells his terrifying story of how he was hijacked by a group of teenagers while running to a local grocery store. The victim, Jeff Jones, told WCCO-TV in Minneapolis that he believed one of the suspects was only 12 years old.
Jones said he stopped by Kowalski’s supermarket last Friday night when he was confronted with the teenagers, one of whom had a gun. He’s still trying to deal with whatever happened. âI think I’m still in shock,â Jones said.
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He said he rushed to the store around 8 p.m. to pick up a few items.
âHalfway between my car and Kowalski’s front door, sort of through the parking lot, this car stops, coming to a stop screaming, blocking my way to the entrance,â Jones said. âThese three kids jump up, one holding a gun, and start yelling at me, ‘Give me your keys! Give me your keys! “
He said it was hard to believe what was going on.
âOne of the kids I estimate to be around 12,â Jones said. “While all of this is going on, I am absolutely in shock at how young one of these children is.”
His shock quickly turned to fear.
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“I’m fumbling, I can barely put my hands in my pockets and apparently I wasn’t quick enough, and they walked up to me and they put the gun to my chest, and the guy holding the gun took started counting down, “Five, four, three, two,” and I’m like, “Take it! âJones said. âHe takes out the key rings, he screams because he doesn’t know how to get in the car. I’m like, “Just pull the handle! Just pull the handle!”
One of the car hackers got behind the wheel of Jones’ BMW and drove off. His two accomplices got back into their car and did the same.
“I sprintedâ¦ into the store and yelled, ‘Call the cops, I just had a car stolen!’ “, did he declare.
Jones says police arrived immediately and early the next morning he got help locating the vehicle.
âApparently overnight BMW was able to work with the Minneapolis Police Department to track my car,â Jones said.
Police took three minors into custody. Jones says he’s here to tell the story because he couldn’t resist the carjacking.
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So far this year, an average of one car per day has been stolen in Minneapolis. The police offer these tips:
- Stay aware of your surroundings.
- Take preventative measures, like not carrying a lot of cash and securing the financial information on your phone.
- If you are confronted, stay calm and don’t argue.