A regular workday for a Redding man ended in a terrifying encounter with an armed car thief.
Target employee Kenny Davis walked out of work at around 10 p.m. Thursday night.
That’s when he said a stranger threatened him with a knife, demanding he hand over his keys.
“He pressed the knife against my stomach and said he wanted my keys,” recalled Davis.
Davis said he was in complete shock and froze.
“I wouldn't let go of my keys, so he cut them off the strap thing I had them on, out of my hands,” said Davis.
Davis then pleaded with the stranger.
“I said please don't do this, please don't hurt me,” said Davis.
Then the man with the knife did something unexpected.
“That's when he hugged me. And he was saying ‘I'm sorry, I'm sorry but I have to do this,’” said Davis.
The stranger then took off with Davis’ car keys.
Davis said two other men then got into his car, along with the man who threatened him, and he watched his Mustang speed off.
Not long after Davis contacted authorities, Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen Mustang in the city of Anderson.
Deputies went on a pursuit along Interstate 5 into Cottonwood, exceeding speeds of 100 mph.
Investigators said the three suspects crashed at the Balls Ferry Road exit, and then took off running.
The three men were eventually caught by law enforcement officers near the scene of the crash.
The suspects are 21-year-old Christopher Hill and 21-year-old Adrian Caillaux, both of Redding. A juvenile was also arrested but due to their age, that suspect's name was not released.
After the scary situation, Davis wants to share a few key messages.
“Whatever it is, give it to them. Your life isn’t worth it,” said Davis.
He also wants this incident to serve as a reminder to use caution when walking outside alone. Or better yet, bring a buddy.