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Teen victims of carjacking say ‘It could have been worse’

Published: Nov. 22, 2016 at 3:09 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 4:04 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kaitlyn Ashby had a gun held to her head just before 1 a.m. on Sunday. She and her three teen friends were sitting in her car in the Mount Washington Kroger parking lot.

"I was kind of in shock," Ashby said. "It took me a minute to register that was a gun."

Ashby said three people were hovering near her vehicle.

"One of the males walked up to her window," Zane Hardesty said. "She rolled it down. He politely asked what she was doing sitting there. After she answered that, he pulled out a gun and asked all of us to get out the car."

The armed suspect, who police said is 16-years-old, hopped in the passenger seat. Another person got in the back. A 14-year-old girl got in the driver's seat.?

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"When she went to go put it in drive, she actually put in neutral and revved the engine real high," Lexus Atkinson said. "We were just kind of looking at her like, 'Do you know how to drive?'"

The four friends were on the phone with police as the carjacking unfolded.

The 911 dispatcher told the teens to hide from the suspects. They left the Kroger parking lot and hid in shrubs next to a bank that was sitting across the street.

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The suspects circled the bank parking lot looking for the teen victims, but then they took off. The suspects sent police on a cross-county chase that ended with Ashby's new car totaled. She's glad that was the only damage done.

"It could have been a lot worse for us," Ashby said.
 
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