Original post made by Pat, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 27, 2009
That's not a carjacking in the southern states. I had the misfortune to live in a high-crime southern state, and carjackings there are a little different. A common scenario is you're in your car at a red light, and a guy with a gun demands to be let in. He decides who drives, and your destination is your ATM, where you withdraw money for him. Then he lets you go and takes your money and your car, sometimes you're beaten or raped before he takes off, and it's all still referred to in the media as a carjacking. The kidnapping is part of the deal, otherwise it's just stealing a car. I looked carjacking up and the definition from one dictionary is "the violent theft of an occupied vehicle."