Carjacking victim forced to show robbers how his automatic BMW works

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The victim of a carjacking was held at gunpoint and forced to show the robbers how to work his car's automatic gearbox.

The shocking incident took place in Seattle, Washington, took place on August 2 with the case now coming to court. A male and female held the driver of a 2007 BMW X5 at gunpoint in his driveway and forced him to get out of his vehicle and lie on the ground.


The pair then climbed into the car and shouted at the driver to stay where he was, but after a short time they realised they couldn't get the car into reverse. They then made the driver get up and show them how to use the BMW's automatic gearbox.

Once it had been explained, the criminals made their escape. As well as the car, they got away with $600 (£490) in cash.

The Seattle police department later spotted the vehicle and gave chase, and during the pursuit the stolen SUV hit a fire hydrant.

A 17-year-old girl was the only occupant of the car when it was stopped. She told police that she was alone when she committed the carjacking.

The girl was sentenced to two years of juvenile detention after pleading guilty to first-degree robbery.

Despite claiming she was alone, prosecutors have also charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with the incident. His case is still awaiting resolution.