Neighborhood on alert after 80-year-old neighbor carjacked at gunpoint

Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 9:45 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A neighborhood is left stunned after their seemingly quiet, well-lit neighborhood was anything but Thursday night.

One of the homeowners along Dexter Grove Drive in Cordova, an 80 year-old woman, was carjacked at gunpoint after pulling into her driveway.

Three men, all appearing to be armed, approach the vehicle, their car blocking the woman in her driveway.

“Pistols pointed at her, yelling at her to get out of the car,” said Dea Taylor, a down the street neighbor.

When we spoke with Taylor, she had already seen the video caught on the home’s Ring surveillance system.

Taylor finds the carjacking gutsy because of how active the street is.

Several neighbors, that night, were on their way home from the Memphis/Navy football game.

“A lot of us are home all the time,” Taylor said. “You, they either don’t work, are retired, or stay at home with young children. For us to be here, you would think it would deter people from coming in a neighborhood and doing anything like that.”

Other neighbors who didn’t want to go on camera told us incidents in this neighborhood have happened sporadically over the last year -- a string of thefts, even a drive-by shooting, heartbreaking for someone who’s lived here over twenty years like Taylor.

“Things are changing, and the gall of people doing that at gunpoint, especially to someone like a grandmother -- I’m a grandmother -- you’re helpless,” Taylor

Taylor says her neighbors have done a good job with camera surveillance, but it might be time for additional cameras at the entrances and exits of her neighborhood.

No word yet from Memphis Police on the vehicle or the carjackers responsible.

If you recognize the vehicle or any of the people in the video, you’re asked to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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