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Man Returns $750 Cashier's Check Stolen In Carjacking To Rightful Owner

| by Karin Sun
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A Houston man has helped a stranger get his life back together after he was carjacked at gunpoint.

Lezell Coby said he was riding his bike around the Third Ward neighborhood of the city selling newspapers on Oct. 4 when he saw some important-looking documents and a cashier's check for $750 on the ground on Hadley Street, according to ABC 13.

The documents had Jonathan Tureau's name printed on them. 

Coby then tracked down Tureau's cellphone number and called him to return the documents and check. The two men arranged to meet at a gas station, where Coby handed over everything he had found to Tureau. 

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Tureau told ABC 13 that he had been carjacked earlier that day while sitting in his car outside his apartment in the Galleria area of Houston.

According to Tureau, two men put a gun to his head, then his chest, and demanded that he get out of the car. When Tureau complied with their request, the men got into the car and drove away with his wallet, cellphone, car registration documents, and a $750 cashier's check for Tureau's rent. 

"Basically, my entire life has been in shambles for the past 24 hours and then this awesome gentleman called me," Tureau said.

"It's very weird having your entire life going for you and in the blink of an eye have it taken away," he added. "It also shows you how a random stranger can lift you back up in the worst of times."

The police have found Tureau's car, which was also returned to him. 

Coby, who is going through some hard times himself, said he never considered keeping the money.

"I hope somebody will do the same thing for me one day," he said. 

The two men said that they plan to stay in touch with each other. 

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, weapons were used during 74 percent of carjacking incidents between 1993 and 2002.

Sources: ABC 13, Bureau of Justice Statistics

Photo Credit: Wikipedia, ABC 13