Oklahoma City police said two victims in an attempted carjacking incident were able to hold the suspect down to the ground until officers arrived at the scene.
According to police, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the report of a male suspect attempting to steal a car in the 200 block of S.E. 26th Street. When officers arrived, they saw a man holding down the suspect, later identified as 18-year-old Curtlon Wayne Panoske.
Police said the two victims were sitting in their vehicle parked in front of a home, when Panoske opened their door and said, “I'm taking the car. Get out.”
The victims said when they told Panoske that they speak Spanish, Panoske reached into the front of his waistband and stated, “45 in English. Motherf******.” Both victims said when they heard Panoske say “45,” they thought he meant a .45 caliber handgun. However, during the incident, the victims said they never saw a gun.
One victim said he got out of the car. But Panoske tried to punch him. That's when the victim started to fight back and punched Panoske several times. Police said the victim was able to bring Panoske down to the ground.
A witness said she heard the commotion and called police. Both victims held Panoske to the ground until officers arrived at the scene.
Police said they did not find a firearm at the scene. Panoske was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of attempted robbery and carjacking.