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Teens Botch Carjacking Because They Can’t Drive Stick, Beat Delivery Driver Instead

Pleasantville, NJ – Three 15 year olds in New Jersey are facing charges after they beat up a delivery driver after failing to carjack his vehicle because they couldn’t drive a stick shift.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 2 when the delivery driver stopped to make a food delivery in the 300-block of West Washington Avenue, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

Pleasantville Police Department Lieutenant Stacey Schlachter said the driver left his car running unattended while he made the delivery.

Lt. Schlachter said that was when one of the teenagers got into the driver’s seat and another one hopped in as the passenger, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

But the 15-year-old would-be carjackers couldn’t actually carjack the 2006 Honda Civic because they couldn’t make their getaway, NJ Advance Media reported.

The deliveryman’s car had a manual transmission and neither of the 15 year olds could figure out how to drive a stick shift, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

When the delivery driver returned to his vehicle, the two would-be carjackers and a third 15 year old attacked him.

Police said that the teenagers punched and kicked the man, knocking him to the ground, NJ Advance Media reported.

Lt. Schlachter said the deliveryman, who was in his 40s, was not seriously injured in the attack.

All three 15-year-old suspects were arrested and charged with carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, NJ Advance Media reported.

They were booked into the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center in Egg Harbor City, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Police said two of the suspects were from Pleasantville and the third teen was from Atlantic City, NJ Advance Media reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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