Carjacker’s limited ability proves to be a road block in attempt to steal car with manual transmission

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City college student was held at gunpoint in an armed carjacking – but one small thing foiled the thief's whole plan.

“You would think being a car thief, that you would know how to drive a manual [transmission],” said victim Makayla. “But I guess not.”

It all started when the 20-year-old college student arrived to her South Kansas City home around 10:30 p.m.

Makayla had just ended a phone call and was sitting in her car, when she noticed another car drive past her and loop back around.

“A guy jumped out of the backseat with a gun,” Makayla said. “He had a skull mask and a hoodie, and told me to get out of the car.”

In shock, she handed over her keys and cell phone, then made a run for it.

“Just like fight or flight instantly,” she said. “My heart is going super-fast. I ran all the way inside without shoes on and just kind of a blur.”

Finding safety inside her house, she and roommates called police.

“I was like, ‘Call 911! Someone stole my car at gunpoint!’ So at that point, I was still thinking my car was missing.”

Little did Makayla know, the car thief outside had encountered one big problem…

“They got into the car, and I drive a manual,” she said. “And so I think they just couldn’t figure out how to get it to go, and so they got super frazzled.”

It was a road block that forced the thief to abandon his plan and leave the car – something that had Makayla and her roommates laughing later.

“She was just like, ‘Well I guess I’m keeping a stick [shift],’” Makayla’s roommate, Hannah, recalled. “’I’m going to drive a stick the rest of my life!’”

“And the rest of us are wanting to learn how to drive one, in an emergency where we need to drive it. Yeah, we`re all talking about getting sticks!”

Makayla agreed, “I think it’s pretty funny. I was like, everyone should have a manual! [The thieves] were probably just super embarrassed.”

Even if you drive an automatic, Makayla still has some advice for you:

“Just get off your phone,” she said. “Get your keys. Get where you need to go and then finish up what you`re doing inside.”

Makayla said the thief was thin and about 6 feet tall, wearing a hoodie and a skull mask. His accomplice was driving a dark 4-door car.

Police are still working to make an arrest, so if you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.