By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – A man was held up at gunpoint, but the thief didn't shoot—him stole his car.
Police said on September 27th, a man opened the passenger door to Carlos Alvarez's black, 2006 Subaru Forester, got inside, pointed his gun at Alvarez and told him to get out.
Alvarez's parents just finished paying off the car and were planning to give it to his youngest brother for a graduation present.
Alvarez was visiting a friend near 28th and Newport Avenue. He said because he doesn't get good reception inside, he sat in his car in the driveway to send out last-minute text messages before going in.
"In my view—this guy walking on the sidewalk and he's on his phone and I'm like whatever," Alvarez said.
As he was stepping out of the car, he said the man hopped in with a gun.
"He was looking down," he explained. "He didn't even look at me when robbing me, you know, it was kind of like, ‘okay dude that's cool'."
Alvarez admitted he thought about disarming the man, but didn't want to take the chance of "being shot".
"I had a feeling I was going to be okay because he didn't seem like he was ready to shoot. He just seemed like he was ready for me to leave.
The man drove off with the car, Alvarez's house keys, garage door opener and cell phone.
With help from a Verizon store, the family was able to trace a place where the car and phone may have been.
Police traced it to Vernon Street between 44th and 45th streets, but it was gone. Alvarez is unable to subpoena the phone company's phone records because the man shut off the phone or flashed to another service.
He doesn't think he will find the car, but was glad he was not hurt in any way, shape or form—except for his pride, which he said is okay.
"I have a lot of friends—they live in that area and they're all, ‘I would've punched him in the face, I would've done this'," he went on. "I'm like, dude no you wouldn't."
The car has a Nebraska license plate SZY-385. Anyone with information regarding this crime can call Omaha Police Department's Crime Stoppers at (402) 444-STOP.
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