Houston man kidnapped, carjacked by prospective SUV buyers

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 5:31 PM

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HOUSTON – It was a terrifying morning for a senior citizen who was just trying to sell his SUV.

Walter Evans, 65, got a call around 10 a.m. Thursday from a man who said he wanted to test drive his 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

Evans met the suspect on MLK Boulevard in Southeast Houston.

Evans went along for the test drive, but quickly regretted that decision when two other men jumped into vehicle.

The driver began speeding along MLK and ran two red lights.

"I said ‘Oh my God,’" remembered Evans.

That’s when Evans knew he was in trouble.

"I thought they was going to kill me, to tell you the truth," Evans said. "And I had $400 or $500 on me. And I says, ‘I don’t care about the money, I’d give them the money and the car.’"

Evans decided not to stick around long enough to try to bargain for his life. When they were forced to stop at a light because of oncoming traffic, he made his move.

"I jumped out of the car and let them have it," he said.

The carjackers also bailed out a little while later in the 5300 block of Southlea Street.

Cleo Travis, who was eating breakfast nearby, saw them running away.

"I thought the car ran out of gas, that’s what I thought," Travis said.

Evans got his SUV back, but the bad guys got away.

Police went door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for them. They found some clothes and a wallet they apparently left behind in one backyard, but no other sign of the suspects.

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