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Lompoc carjacking victim talks about surviving morning attack

Lompoc carjacking victim talks about...

LOMPOC, Calif. - Police are on the hunt for a man and a woman who are accused of carjacking a 70-year-old man in Lompoc this morning using a screwdriver. Earlier we spoke with that man who feared for his life. 

"Yes he's happy because he's still alive and he's still with his family," 70-year-old Andres Gomez' son said.

But during 70-year-old Andres Gomez' encounter Wednesday morning, he wasn't sure he was going live to talk about it. 

"He thought the guy was going to kill him because the guy had a screwdriver," Gomez' son said.   

Gomez' son interpreted for his father - telling us about how he was carjacked by a man and a woman at the corner of Airport Avenue and North R Street in Lompoc, around 9 a-m Wednesday. 

"And the lady was on her knees begging, asking for a ride," Gomez said. 

Gomez, in a hurry to get to a morning doctors appointment, told them no - but the woman wasn't taking no for an answer - running around to the passenger side and and opening the door. 

"The guy had a screwdriver in his hand and tried to stab him," Gomez said. 

Gomez says fearing for his life, he was able to dodge those stabbing attempts and get out of his truck.

"They were asking him for money too, they were checking his pockets," Gomez said. "Then the guy grabbed his hand and threw him in the street." 

That's when the two suspects took off in Gomez' burgundy 2006 Nissan Frontier extended cab. 

"He said hopefully they catch the guys who took the truck and take them to jail," Gomez said. 

Gomez' son was on the phone Wednesday evening with a cousin who might've spotted the truck driving on the 101. 

Police recommend driving with your doors locked to avoid this happening to you. 

"Know your surroundings, be aware of what's going on around you, if you're uncomfortable, lock your doors, if you're uncomfortable and don't want to respond to the person then just drive away," Lompoc Police Sgt. Kevin Martin said. 

Gomez says he has a sore knee but overall is doing alright. If you have any information on who did this, contact the Lompoc Police Department at (805) 736-2341. 


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