'Carjacking' victim speaks out after alleged armed incident in Dover
Sam Coleman was the
victim of an alleged carjacking
The driver at the centre of an alleged armed carjacking has
spoken of the moment he decided to tackle the assailant.
Sam Coleman, 22, was on his way to work when a man pointed a gun
at him and ordered him out of his car in Dover.
But after initially complying with the man’s request, Mr Coleman
disarmed him and pinned him down until police arrived.
He was driving down Maison Dieu Road and had stopped at the
traffic lights at the junction of Eastbrook Place and Castle Street
(see picture below by Maxine Dournish).
“I looked at my watch and saw it was 7.25am, and I had to be at
work at 7.30am,” he said.
“The lights were just changing to green when I saw a man walking
around the back of my car from the passenger side.
“Then he appeared next to me at the driver’s door. He pulled the
car door open, pointed a gun at my head and told me to get out.
He was shouting and swearing and I was scared, so I got out of
the car. I expected him to drive away immediately, but he
“I thought about what to do – it was probably only five
seconds or so, but it seemed a lot longer.
"I opened the car door again, jumped on him and hit him in the
face. I managed to grab the gun and throw it out. Then I just
pinned him down until the police arrived at 7.40am.
“I was shouting and calling for help. My cousin happened to be
in the car park at Dover Leisure Centre and said he could hear the
shouting, but obviously didn’t know what it was.
“The driver of a van who had been behind me drove around and in
front of the car to see what was happening, and when he realised
what it was he came to help.”
Someone made a 999 call reporting a road accident, and the fire
service were first on the scene.
“They were really good,” said Mr Coleman. “They gave me a lot of
moral support and made sure I was all right.”
On reflection, Mr Coleman said he probably made a mistake doing
what he did.
“I didn’t think about what could have happened, and I didn’t
think about my girlfriend or our seven-month-old son,” he said. “I
wouldn’t do it again.”
A man was arrested and taken to Canterbury Police Station for
The section of Maison Dieu Road between Castle Street and
Pencester Road was closed for several hours while police carried
out their investigation.
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