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Salesman Carjacked During Test Drive

September 11, 2017 0 Comments

A man in Fresno, California, is facing charges after carjacking a car salesman last Friday, said Fresno police.

Around 11:30 Friday morning, the man, who has not been identified, walked into Michael Cadillac and said he was interested in test-driving a 2017 special edition Cadillac Escalade, which has an MSRP of $103,000.


According to police, a car salesman got into the vehicle with the man for the test drive, but soon realized the man wasn’t following the route rules. The man told the salesman he wanted to stop at a gas station to grab a drink, and the salesman agreed. Once stopped, the police said, the man pulled a gun, and the salesman got out of the car and called the police.

The man in the carjacked vehicle didn’t get very far, said the police. The SUV was equipped with technology that allowed the police to track its whereabouts to a southwest Fresno home. They arrived at the home, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Lieutenant Joe Gomez said that the man came to the dealership in a different car, which he left behind.

“Very rare for this to happen and so blatant to drive another vehicle here and just leave it here, yeah, just [a] very unusual crime,” Gomez said.

How do you train your employees to handle a situation like this? What other situations do dealership employees need to be prepared to deal with?

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