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OKLAHOMA CITY — A carjacking is solved thanks to some dumb luck and social media. An Oklahoma City mother reported her car stolen last week. A short time later, her friend saw the car on the city’s southwest side and reported the discovery online.

It all started when the victim got a text from a friend last Tuesday.

The alleged victim drove that friend to a neighborhood on south Blackwelder.

Leaving the friend’s family home, the victim was greated by a late night carjacker.

“It was just a guy waiting by the car. His face was covered and he had a hood on. He said, ‘You’re in the wrong neighborhood,'” victim Thuresa King said.

Thuresa says the thief then pulled out a gun.

With her car stolen, she walked to a nearby gas station and called police.

“This was a very dangerous situation for this lady,” OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

Oklahoma City police say the victim is lucky she wasn’t hurt during the carjacking on this street, but there is a lesson we can all learn about being cautious.

“Obviously this is a reminder that unless you know somebody very, very well, don’t go meet with people and give them rides to places you’re not familiar with. Just use common sense,” Sgt. Wardlow said.

Thuresa’s car is now safely recovered, partly because a friend saw the stolen ride and got on Facebook.

“He wrote me through Facebook and told me exactly where it was at. I told police and they found it,” King said. “I’m just glad to be here still. I’m glad I didn’t fight over the keys cause it wouldn’t have been worth it.”

Police haven’t made any arrests in the case.

They also don’t have any information on suspects.