Accused Carjacker Caught Because He Couldn’t Drive Stick

It was a clutch situation.

A Cleveland man accused of carrying out three carjackings in a 10-day period was arrested because he couldnt drive a stick.

Police said 18-year-oldDamari Waynestole three cars at gunpoint between Feb. 11 through Feb. 21.

Two of those armed carjackings occurred in a one-hour period on Feb. 21 after posting bond in the Feb. 11 case, according to

Police arrested Wayne on Feb. 12 after he allegedly stole a 2004 Acura by force the day before.

Then on Feb. 21, hoursafter posting a $10,000 bond, Wayne and a 15-year-old accomplice committed the other two carjackings, according to

In the first one, the teen allegedly put an Airsoft gun to the right side of a 40-year-old woman and said, Hold up now, you know what time it is, according to a police report.

The woman asked if she could get her purse and shoes out the car. The unidentified teen said no and jumped into the victims 2015 Jeep Cherokee. They threw the womans shoes out of the vehicle, but kept the purse.

A short time later, theteen approached a 23-year-old man sitting in a Ford Mustang and told him, Get out of your vehicle now or Im going to blow you away, according to

Wayne then appeared andgrabbed both the mans wallet and cellphone from the center console.

This is where things get sticky. Wayne and his younger accomplice discovered the car they were allegedly attempting to carjack had a manual transmission.

Neither of them knew how to drive a stick, so they allegedly made the car owner tell them how to work the gears while threatening him with the weapon, reports.

The duo couldnt get things in gear, got frustrated and ran away with the victims cellphone, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities used that cellphone to track them to a nearby train station and arranged to have the train they were on stopped and the doors locked, according to

Authorities found the Airsoft gun, keys to the Mustang and the Jeep Cherokee, and the Mustang owners phone.

Wayne was charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and is being held in the city jail on $100,000 bond, according to

He was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

There are no details available about his underage accomplice.

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