Hollister police need the public’s help in identifying a carjacking suspect whose caper stalled over confusion with a manual transmission.
According to a police statement:
On Nov. 19 at about 1 p.m., an unknown suspect approached a man on the 900 block of Apricot Lane and brandished a firearm. He demanded to take the man’s vehicle.
The victim ran to a nearby house to ask for help. The suspect, however, struggled with the car and was unsuccessful in taking the vehicle. Apparently, the suspect did not know how to operate a manual transmission. The suspect was last seen on foot toward Westside Boulevard.
Police searched the area but the suspect was not located. The suspect was recorded on a nearby surveillance camera that resulted in a distant picture of the suspect. The suspect was wearing a Nike hooded sweatshirt at the time of the crime.
The man is described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 25 to 28 years old, approximately 5’ 5” tall and weighing about 160 pounds. He was wearing a dark grey sweatshirt and dark colored jeans with white dirty shoes.
The Hollister Police Department is asking for the public’s help with information regarding this case. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.