Man fired for thwarting carjack attempt is reinstated

Man fired for thwarting carjack attempt is reinstated

An Albuquerque man, who helped stop a suspected carjacker, is no longer out of a job.

John Garcia was working at the Walgreens on Menaul and Carlisle boulevards on New Year’s Day when, according to a police report, Lafayette Stone tried to carjack a woman in the parking lot.

“The lady that was driving the car opened the door, got caught under the door, got drug maybe about 10 feet,” said Garcia.

Garcia said he didn’t hesitate to help the woman. He and a Walgreens customer pulled Stone out of the car and held him down until police showed up. Garcia said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“I just did what any normal human would do,” he said.

Garcia’s bosses didn’t consider him a hero, either. He says they told him that what he did put other employees in danger, and two weeks after it happened, they fired him.

He was a shift manager.

On Friday, however, representatives with Walgreens said he would be instated, effective immediately.

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