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Carjacking victim turns to social media to get truck back

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LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Police in Leominster say I man who was carjacked reacted well under pressure and was very lucky.

It was all caught on security tape as two gunmen approached Roy Barnhart from behind at a gas station.

"I was scared and I was nervous but when they asked for the keys the first think I thought was they were going to tell me to get in the truck with them,” Barnhart said.

Barnhart was ordered not to look back at the two suspects as he gave them cash and his car key but kept his wallet and house keys.

"I was nervous I was shaking so I was trying to get my keys off so he says to me ‘ hurry up, let’s go, let’s go,’ so I got my keys off, put them in my pocket and dropped the keys in the other guys hands and that was it,” he said.

The next thing he did was go on the Facebook page for the animal sanctuary he runs and ask everyone to keep an eye out for the car.

A friend of a friend spotted the car in Worcester and notified police.

"In a carjacking like this I guess that is surprising but you can never underestimate social media,” Leominster Police Lt. Michael Goldman said.

Worcester police staked out the car and eventually caught one of the two suspects.

Barnhart says he made sure to keep his house keys because he wanted to protect his family.

“I think they were as bad as they could have been. I’m very fortunate, actually. I was glad to keep my wallet my keys and my life. That was a scary thing,” he said.

Police say these suspects also took a car at gunpoint from a woman in Worcester earlier and drove that car to Leominster, but in Worcester the thieves were more violent.

"He was very aggressive, and he was just like basically he opened the car door and pulled me out and basically pointed a gun in my face," Onika Harrigan said.

One suspect has been caught but the second is still being sought.
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