Man carjacked at gunpoint by teens who asked for ride

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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ATLANTA - Atlanta police are looking for two teenagers who they say carjacked a man in northwest Atlanta after asking him for a ride.

Brian Farnsworth told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri he won’t be offering to help anyone with a ride after what he experienced. He said the teens approached him at a shopping center on Howell Mill Road and asked for a ride to the bank.

Once inside his silver Pontiac Grand Prix, Farnsworth said the teens began arguing about where they were going.

"After about five minutes they started arguing back and forth and I kind of knew I was in trouble," Farnsworth told Viteri.

He became worried and offered to take them home. Around 20 minutes later the teens told him to stop on St. James Drive in northwest Atlanta and ordered him out of the car at gunpoint.

According to the police report they said, "We need the car. Get out."

Farnsworth got his car back a couple days later after an alert officer at a security checkpoint on Hollywood Road noticed a car turn off abruptly. When he stopped the car he learned it was stolen.

The officer arrested 18-year-old Antonion Johnson for driving without a license and theft by receiving stolen auto. Johnson told police he didn't steal the car, but rented it from a person named "Jay" for $60. 

"But I guess I learned a lesson I should have learned a long time ago," Farnsworth said, "Don't go out of my way to help people."

Atlanta police advised drivers to think twice before letting strangers in their cars and to call 911 if approached.



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