Carjacking suspect who didn’t know how to operate vehicle is arrested

Kentrell Dabney (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Kentrell Dabney (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

If you’re going to steal a car, at least know how to operate it.

That small detail might have been part of the reason Atlanta police were able to catch a carjacking suspect.

Police arrested Kentrell Dabney on Monday in connection with the July 25 carjacking outside a gas station on Moreland Avenue.

According to a report, the victim walked inside the store, purchased a few items and came back to her car. Dabney approached the woman and asked if she had any change.

When the woman said “no,” police said Dabney pulled out a handgun and demanded her keys. The victim handed over her keys, wallet, cellphone and the items she’d just purchased.

Police said Dabney told the victim to walk to the back of the store, but he called her back when he had trouble starting the car, which had a push-start mechanism.

Police said surveillance footage, which clearly shows Dabney forcing the woman at gunpoint to hand over her belongings, led to the man’s arrest. The car was eventually recovered.

Dabney remained in the Fulton County jail on a hijacking a motor vehicle charge.

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