Stick shift foils armed carjackers at medical center

Victim: 2 men didn't know how to drive stick shift

By Lisa Bell - Anchor

ORLANDO - An armed carjacking in Orlando was foiled when the two suspects couldn't drive a stick shift, according to the victim.

The incident occurred outside the Orlando Regional Medical Center as the victim, Randolph Bean, was sitting in his 2002 Millennium Yellow Z06 Corvette around 11:20 pm on Sunday.

At the time, Bean said he was waiting for his wife to get off work and the car's ignition was off. He said he saw two men approaching in his rear view mirror as he waited.

"With the gun drawn and pointing at me," said Bean. "The guy finally yanked the door open and kind of half dragged me out, and demanded that I get on the ground."

Bean said while he was held at gunpoint, the second suspect hopped in the driver's seat hoping to make a getaway. However, his high-performance sports car wouldn't start.

"The guy started screaming at me, 'How do I start the car?,'" said Bean. "It's got a standard transmission, so you have to push in the clutch when you start it. I told the guy that."

But Bean said the man didn't understand how to and was only getting more enraged.

"Four times the guy screamed at me, cussed at me about 'How do I start the car?' and finally, the other fella goes 'It's a stick!,' said Bean.

Bean said at that point, the men took his keys, wallet and phone, and then ran off. He said he is now worried the thieves may come to his house and try again.

"Well, if they can't drive a stick, they might have a buddy that can," said Bean.

For now, Bean said his yellow Corvette is in hiding at an undisclosed location.

If police are unable to find these two men, Bean said he'll have to change the Corvette's locks, ignition and keys. He estimates it will cost as much as $800.

Bean describes both carjackers as black males between 17 and 25 years old. He said police dusted the Corvette for fingerprints, but as of Monday night, the two are still on the run.

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