A pair of brave karate instructors in Oakland, California, managed to thwart armed carjackers and rescue the victim as the incident took place in broad daylight.
KTVU-TV obtained the video of the incident from a plant nursery business called Moss and Spade.
In the video, the victim exits a parked car on Piedmont Avenue when the carjackers pull up alongside him.
The armed carjackers are then seen pushing the man to the sidewalk.
One of the two males, sporting sweatshirts, appears to be holding a gun as they take the keys from the victim’s hand and turn to his car.
Just moments later, two good Samaritans are seen running to the incident before beating the car that the assailants arrived in with sticks.
As the windshield shatters, the two carjackers jump into their car and speed away.
The alleged armed carjackers drive off without the victim’s car.
The two good Samaritans were revealed to be karate instructors at a studio across the street from the incident.
Carjacking incidents in Oakland have skyrocketed in recent years, amounting to 40 cars stolen per day.
The record number goes back as far as 15 years.
So far in 2023, there have been 10,823 car thefts.
That figure is well beyond the 7,167 motor vehicle thefts reported in 2022.
According to an analysis from MarketWatch, Oakland is the worst city for car theft in cities with a population of at least 100,000.
Aside from car thefts, violent crimes were also skyrocketing in the city, according to the Oakland Police Department.
The violent crime rate includes the following:
All of which have increased 21% from previous years.
Meanwhile in Washington, Criminal carjackers are intentionally crashing into unsuspecting drivers to carjack them, according to reports.
Police now warn the tactic is becoming more widespread as other incidents taking place locally saw unsuspecting drivers have carjackers crashing into them,
“We obviously don’t want people to take matters into their own hands. They’re not trained for that we don’t want to see people get hurt,” he said.