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Sydney alleged carjacking foiled by manual gears

  • A 47-year-old woman was stopped at a set of lights in Sydney’s inner-west
  • A man allegedly pulled her out of the car by her arm about 2.45pm Monday
  • Police said he was unable to drive away because he couldn’t drive manual
  • He has been charged by police and will face court on Tuesday 

Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia

A man’s alleged broad daylight carjacking attempt has been foiled by his own inability to drive manual. 

A 47-year-old woman was stopped at a set of traffic lights in Sydney’s inner-west when a man allegedly opened her door and pulled her out by the arm about 2.45pm Monday.

The man then attempted to drive away but failed after realising he was unable to drive manual, police said.

A man's alleged broad daylight carjacking attempt has been foiled by his own inability to drive manual (stock image)

A man's alleged broad daylight carjacking attempt has been foiled by his own inability to drive manual (stock image)

A man’s alleged broad daylight carjacking attempt has been foiled by his own inability to drive manual (stock image)

Thwarted by his own limitations, the man is accused of then grabbing the woman’s purse from the car’s footwell and fleeing from the intersection of Norton and Holden Streets in Ashfield.

The woman reported the man at a nearby police station and investigations commenced.

Police later arrested a 41-year-old man for unrelated matters, but allegedly found the woman’s purse while searching him.  

The man has been charged with robbery and assault with intent to take and drive a vehicle.   

He was bail refused and will appear at Central Local Court on Tuesday. 

A 47-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Norton and Holden Streets in Sydney's inner-west (pictured), when a man allegedly tried to carjack her about 2.45pm Monday

A 47-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Norton and Holden Streets in Sydney's inner-west (pictured), when a man allegedly tried to carjack her about 2.45pm Monday

A 47-year-old woman was stopped at the intersection of Norton and Holden Streets in Sydney’s inner-west (pictured), when a man allegedly tried to carjack her about 2.45pm Monday

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