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Carjacker picky about ATMs

UPI News Service, 06/29/2006 

A Florida woman used her cell phone to record the words of a courteous man who got in her car and, using a corkscrew as a weapon, demanded an ATM.

The man accosted Susan Dexter outside her doctor's office in West Boca at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. He told her to go to an ATM -- and rejected a Bank of America cash machine in the shopping center, ordering her instead to find a Washington Mutual.

He also had a sob story, saying that a brother had recently been killed.

"I'm not usually a mean person," the man told Dexter. "My mother just died."

Dexter, who had been dialing her husband when the man got in her car, dropped the phone to the floor. She recorded his voice.

When the man wanted to leave the parking lot, Dexter decided it was time to leave him. She eased her car door open and jumped out, leaving him with her car and purse.

Investigators said attempts to identify the man through his claims about deaths in his family have not led anywhere -- at least not yet.

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