A carjacking victim is thanking the community for their help. A WOWT Six News story led him straight to his stolen SUV.
Robert Kufahl says it’s, "just weight lifted off my shoulders.”
After a week, Kufahl likely wants to forget, things are beginning to look up. His stolen vehicle, that thieves took and used to run him over, has now been recovered.
“It's a good feeling that it's still there,” he said.
What he didn't expect was for it to be sitting just 10 minutes away from where it was taken as he searched tirelessly across the city.
For an entire week, the SUV was sitting in plain sight. Neighbors up and down the street saw it but thought nothing of it until they started talking with each other and realized something was up.
Robert said, "I'm guessing that they got freaked out that they ran someone over so they just wanted to get out of it and get rid of it.”
One of the neighbors near 180th and Maple contacted the sheriff's department and the SUV was taken to the impound lot. To Robert’s surprise, it was in good condition.
Robert, on the other hand - is not.
“I still have to wear the boot if I’m up and moving around,” he said.
His broken foot and injured shoulder will keep him from working for at least five weeks, making it tough to pay for his apartment and medical bills. But as he looks at the damage done to his coat and boots he wore when the car ran him over he admits he has a lot to be thankful for.
“I mean it makes a difference and, you know, knowing that I'm sitting here, at least I have a vehicle to get back to work and continue on with everything.”
Robert's car will stay at the impound lot until the investigation has ended. Police tell me they hope to take fingerprints at some point in the next two days.