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Man carjacked while leaving Portsmouth bar: ‘He told me he was going to shoot me’

Posted at 5:44 AM, Jan 20, 2015

Portsmouth, Va.- Kenny Anderson was back at his usual spot with a beer in his hand at the Cock Island Bar and Grill in Portsmouth Wednesday.

He was in the same seat where two nights ago, he met a woman he says set him up for a carjacking.

"She needed a ride. She was waiting for a ride. Didn't show up or something," Anderson said.

For the first time, Anderson is telling his story and NewsChannel 3 got the exclusive surveillance video to go along with it.  Around 1:24 a.m., a camera inside the bar shows a woman sitting next to Anderson, talking to him and showing him something on her cell phone.

"She seemed nice," Anderson said. "She seemed like normal person."

The video shows they talk for a few minutes, then go outside with the bartender for a smoke. You can see Anderson in his car talking to the bartender and the woman lurking nearby the truck looking around. Then a man walks up.  Anderson told NewsChannel 3 he wasn't suspicious.

"I've seen it before. They could have been fighting or whatever. He was like, 'Okay. We are going here now.' I said, 'Alright, fine. I'm going that way so I'll give you a ride.'"

At 1:33 a.m., you can see the man and the woman get in the 2001 GMC Jimmy 2-Door and pull away. Anderson says they drove only for about two blocks when the man, sitting in the back seat, pulled out a gun.

"He put it to my head and he told me he was going to shoot me, so I said, 'Shoot me,'" Anderson said.  "I punched the gas. I was trying to hit the telephone pole to put them through the freaking windshield."

Anderson says that's when he was pistol whipped and briefly knocked out. The next thing he remembered was being shoved out of the truck and left with nothing.

With no car and no cell phone, Anderson had no other options than to look for help. He went knocking on doors along King Street in the middle of the night.

He had no luck until he reached the Holiday House, a non-profit for the disabled. There a security guard took action and dialed 911.

Portsmouth police tell NewsChannel 3 a detective has been assigned to the case, but the owner at Cock Island Bar and Grill says police haven't been by to pick up the surveillance video.

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