ATLANTA,None - A woman was carjacked and kidnapped outside her home in midtown Atlanta. She said the type car she dives may have kept her from harm.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she was taking items from her car to her apartment on Monroe Drive when two men appeared.
"[They] had the gun out at me at my head and said get in the car," the woman told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri by phone.
She said the men, who appeared young -- possibly in their teens, asked her for money but her purse was inside. They then ordered her into the backseat of the car and tried unsuccessfully to start it.
"And then, he was getting mad and asking me, yelling at me, ‘Why is the car not starting? What are you doing?’" she said.
The men did not know how to drive a stick shift car and eventually ordered her to the driver's seat at gunpoint. They made her drive down Monroe Drive, then west onto Ponce de Leon Avenue. The woman said the men pointed the gun at her head as she drove.
"And he was like, 'I'm going to shoot you if you don't drive faster,'" the woman said.
When the men realized she did not have any cash, one of them jumped out at Argonne Avenue. The gunman got out around Fourth and Peachtree, the woman said.
Andreas Muller lives in the neighborhood and said he is always aware of his surroundings.
"It's very very bad. You know, I think this area we live in it should be well protected," Muller said.
The carjacking victim told Napier Viteri staying calm may have saved her life.
"If I had been nervous and freaked out and yelled at them, they might have freaked out and shot me just because they didn't know what to do," she said.