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Brazen hijacker takes iron worker on harrowing ride in Manteca
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An ironworker buying doughnuts early Monday morning was shaken up in a carjacking of his 2006 Chevy Silverado extended cab pickup truck after he attempted to stop the thief from driving out of the parking lot.

Mike Frisby of Manteca told Manteca Police officers that the clerk in the shop in the 1100 block of West Yosemite Avenue alerted him that someone was in his truck shortly after he walked in the door at 7 a.m.  He said he had left it running because it was cold outside and he was only going to be in the shop for a matter of minutes.

Frisby said as he ran to his truck where the thief was fumbling to get the doors locked.  He jumped into the bed of the vehicle putting his foot onto the top of the rear tire, not thinking that if the truck had backed at that time, he could have had his leg crushed under the rear wheel.

“The guy was driving recklessly – so erratically – apparently trying to get me thrown out.  He was bouncing me around.  I didn’t have anything to break out the rear window.  I had my cell phone but I just didn’t think fast enough to call 911.  I didn’t want to end up in the back of the truck on Highway 120 at high speeds,” he said.  “I figured it was all gang related and didn’t know how crazy he was.”

The suspect stopped near a 7-Eleven store on West Yosemite Avenue and ordered Frisby out, allegedly threatening him if he didn’t comply with his order.  The license on the truck is 8U55797, according to police.

He was described by the victim to be between 25 and 30 years old, with a mustache and wearing a black hoodie and being of Hispanic extraction.  Police said the suspect’s last direction of travel was southbound on El Portal Avenue.  Officers reportedly converged on the area in an attempt to locate the suspect and the truck.  He noted that the truck had only a quarter tank of fuel when it was taken.

The union iron worker had welding hoods and an iron workers belt in the back of the vehicle.  His Monday work schedule had been canceled earlier in the morning.  His assignments run from the San Francisco Bay Area south to Fresno.