A Wisconsin man was left shaken up after a potential Craigslist sale quickly turned into a carjacking.
Sean Runge, a Muskego, Wisconsin, restaurant worker, said he planned to meet with a potential buyer after listing his Infiniti G35 on Craigslist. Runge and the buyer met outside of Tres Locos restaurant, where he worked, in broad daylight surrounded by patrons. The sale started just as anyone would have expected it to.
“Did an all-around check inside and out,” Runge said of the meeting when the buyer first arrived. The man then asked Runge if he could take a test drive. As he made his way to the passenger’s side door, Runge said things suddenly took a turn.
“I heard him slam it into drive and the tires started squealing on the gravel here,” he said. In an attempt to stop the man from driving away, Runge grabbed on to the door handle. The car sped away with Runge hanging on tight. “Basically dragging me about maybe 50 feet or so until I finally just decided to let it go,” he described.
Co-worker Timothy Koriath spotted the incident and rushed out to help, but it was too late. “It’s not something you think would happen in this area,” Koriath said.
Runge said he was in shock from what happened, but is grateful it didn’t turn out worse, suffering only minor scrapes on his arm and shoulder.
“If the car turns up, it turns up,” he said. “It’s only a car. It’s not my life. It didn’t seem real. I thought this would never happen to myself.”
There have been a string of Craigslist-related crimes as of late, including a carjacking last week in Modesto, California, that resulted from a Craiglist marijuana deal gone bad.