A Mercedes-Benz owner desperate to avoid having his luxury car stolen was struck by a carjacker outside a Brooklyn bodega on Wednesday, according to police.
The 50-year-old victim left the 2012 German car idling near the corner of Liberty and Autumn Aves. in eastern New York when she ran into a store around 10:20 p.m. when an enterprising thief jumped into the car, police said.
The car’s owner saw the theft in progress and ran, grabbing the door of the luxury car as it rolled out, police were told.
The victim was dragged several feet before he fell and was rear-ended by his car, police said.
The carjacker drove off on Autumn Ave., leaving the victim lying in the street.
EMS rushed him to Jamaica Hospital with a head injury, police said.
Police on Saturday released surveillance footage of the carjacker in the hope that someone would recognize him. The man was wearing a ski mask, a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants at the time of the robbery.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.