Man carjacked after being held at knife point at gas station

Published: Aug. 19, 2016 at 9:39 PM EDT
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Shively Police Department Sgt. Josh Myers (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Shively Police Department Sgt. Josh Myers (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A typical morning routine turned frightening when a man who stopped to get gas was carjacked.

Shively police said the man came up behind the victim with a knife and forced him into his own car at the Thornton's Gas Station in the 4500 block of Dixie Highway at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Now, they are asking for your help in solving this brazen crime.

Shively Police Department Sgt. Josh Myers said, "It's nothing different than what any of us do, you know, on your way to work or wherever you stop to get a cup of coffee and put some fuel in your vehicle."

Myers said the victim went inside the store and paid for his gas. He said he noticed the man standing in line behind him.

Police said that same man followed him out of the store, came up to him at the gas pump and then asked for a ride.

"Not feeling comfortable with giving anyone a ride he declined and said 'no,'" Myers said. "That's when the suspect produced a knife and made the victim finish pumping his gas and made him get into the vehicle."

The suspect, who was caught on surveillance cameras, told the victim to start driving south on Dixie Highway. When they got to the intersection of Upper Hunters Trace he told him to pull over in the Hooters parking lot. He demanded the victim's money and the keys to his truck.

Police said the suspect, who is estimated to be between 6' to 6'2'' tall with a thin build, stole the black Ford Ranger, but fortunately did not harm the victim.

"We feel very confident with the help of the public somebody's going to recognize him and let us know who he is," Myers said. "It's certainly a scary situation and the victim cooperated and he ended up walking away from it."

Although the police call the crime a carjacking the criminal charges will be robbery and kidnapping. 

"Providing a safe environment for our guests and our team members is our number one priority," Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel for Thorntons Inc. Shelly Gibson said in a press release. "This is a very unfortunate event. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim involved in this incident."

The stolen truck is a 2000 black Ford Ranger with the Kentucky license tag 678-GNM. Anyone with information is asked to call Shively police at (502) 448-6181.

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