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Investigators: Suspect pulled gun on salesman, stole F-450 pickup during test drive

Investigators: Suspect pulled gun on salesman, stole F-450 pickup during test drive

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Updated Friday, May 6 at 3:50 PM

HOUSTON – A man was behind bars Friday after police say he carjacked a Planet Ford car salesman during a test drive along the North Freeway.

Absalom Owens, 39, is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

According to court documents, Owens was test-driving a 2011 Ford F-450 Super Duty King Ranch Edition pickup truck on April 29 with a salesman when he pulled into the Basset Furniture parking lot and produced a semi-automatic pistol.

The salesman said Owens pointed the gun at him and said, "I hate to tell you this but I need you to please get out of the vehicle."

The salesman told police he complied with Owens’ demands, but before he got out he grabbed a sheet of paper with a copy of Owens’ driver’s license and insurance cards.

Owens fled the scene in the truck.

When investigators showed the salesman a photo of Owens, the salesman identified him as the suspect, according to court documents.

Owens was later arrested and was being held in the Harris County Jail on $100,000 bond Friday.

The car salesman was not injured.

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