Cops: Kidnapped Car Salesman Gets Clever

He reportedly left phone in car trunk to help trace his attackers
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2016 12:48 PM CST
Cops: Kidnapped Car Salesman Gets Clever
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Knowing the features of a Dodge Challenger appears to have paid off for a car salesman at a Houston dealership on Monday. It's a crazy story: Police say that two men kidnapped the salesman during a test drive and forced him into the trunk, reports ABC13. At some point, the man popped open the trunk from the inside using an emergency latch, reports KPRC. "The two suspects got out, tried to put him (back) in the trunk," says Houston police Lt. Larry Crowson, per KRON. "He didn’t feel like he wanted to go back in the trunk, got in a fight with them, was able to get the pistol away from one of the suspects, and shoot one of the suspects.” (Other news reports say it's unclear whether anyone got shot.)

The carjackers then fled in the vehicle, leaving the salesman behind—but police say they were able to track them down because the salesman deliberately left his phone in the trunk. They crashed the car after a police chase and remain at large after fleeing on foot, reports ABC. The salesman was picked up while walking along the freeway and was being treated for his injuries at a hospital. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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