Bond was set Friday afternoon at 10 percent of $500,000 for the 17-year-old boy arrested for allegedly forcing a woman and her son out of their van Thursday morning. Authorities say the weapon he pointed at the driver turned out to be a plastic gun.
The carjacking was reported at North 50th and Charles streets in Omaha just after 7 a.m. Police arrested Mganga Mganga a few blocks away after a brief foot chase. He had abandoned the vehicle because he couldn't drive a stick shift.
"That is true because it was a stick shift, so for those of you who still have stick shift vehicles there is an advantage in today's time," said OPD Lt. Mike McGee. "Young people don't know how to drive them."
The carjacking victim, Melissa Peters, had been sitting in the vehicle getting ready to take her 13-year-old son to school.
Her husband, Theo Peters, heard the commotion outside. “I jumped out on the porch and he is standing there, standing there with the car door open, looking at me. He jumped back into the car and he started running through the car, running through the car, he looked, you could see the car lights coming on, trying to crank the car up but it wouldn't go nowhere.”
The suspect was only able to back it up into the front yard before police arrived and Mganga ran off into an alley.
According to court documents, Mganga was out on bond, accused in three other robberies, all of which involved a weapon. The first is from October 21st when Mganga allegedly entered the Dragon's Lair on 153rd and O Street, pulled a knife and stole playing cards. Mganga is believed to have robbed a GameStop store in November and again in January. Security video shows the robber going to the cashier, showing the knife and trying to open the cash register.
Mganga is being charged as an adult in the carjacking case.