Mother, daughter, 14-year-olds arrested after string of robberies

Lashuna Taylor (left) and Abrianna Taylor (right).
Lashuna Taylor (left) and Abrianna Taylor (right).(Memphis Police Department)
Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 12:54 PM CDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A mother, daughter, and two 14-year-olds have been arrested by Memphis police in relation to a string of robberies that took place since Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., officers responded to a shooting on Morlye Street, where a man was found shot in his left arm. He told police that he was inside the laundry mat when a man and woman entered, pointing guns at him and demanding money. The woman then fired a shot, hitting the victim. The two suspects took the man’s phone and fled in a gray four-door sedan.

On Tuesday evening, at 5:50 p.m., officers responded to a robbery on Rhodes Avenue, where a victim told police that after a black sedan drove past him twice in the area of Getwell and Barron Road, a man and woman got out of the car and approached him. The man walked beside the victim and demanded his money while the woman pointed a gun at him. The suspects took his phone and wallet.

On Wednesday evening, just minutes apart, officers responded to two robberies in the area of Getwell and then Maxine Street, in which both victims reported being robbed by two men. One victim told police that the suspects’ vehicle was believed to be a black Hyundai Sonata with Texas tags.

Police on the scene relaid this information to officers in the area. Police were also informed that the two men eventually got out of the car and jumped into the canal near Cherry Apartments as the car continued onto Getwell Road.

Officers tracked the vehicle down but the driver refused to stop, investigators say.

Eventually, the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Abrianna Taylor, crashed after rear-ending a pickup truck on Prescott and was taken into custody.

Nearly an hour later, Mount Moriah task force officers responded to a suspicious call at 6:08 p.m. at Cherry Road and Boyce Road. Officers located the two male suspects who were arrested after a foot chase. Both suspects were 14, and one was armed with a handgun when he was arrested.

The three suspects were taken to Mount Moriah Station. Investigators then determined that a fourth suspect was involved in the robberies that took place on Wednesday. The suspect was Lashuna Taylor, the mother of Abrianna Taylor.

The affidavit says Abrianna admitted she was responsible for shooting the man on Morlye Street while attempting to rob him. She also told police she gave one of the two teens responsible for the robberies in the Getwell/Maxine area her gun.

Abrianna told investigators that she has committed several robberies with the teens.

Lashuna Taylor, 41, was charged with attempted aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and child neglect/endangerment, and driving with a suspended license.

Abrianna Taylor was charged with especially aggravated robbery, providing a handgun to a juvenile, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, facilitation of burglary to a motor vehicle, facilitation of aggravated robbery, and intentionally evading arrest in an automobile.

The two 14-year-olds were also charged for the crimes.

This is still an ongoing investigation. The suspects are believed to be also responsible for some unreported robberies in the Hispanic community. The Memphis Police Department urges all citizens to contact police if they are the victim of a crime.

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