MPD: Suspect wanted in attempted carjacking, kidnapping at senior living facility

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 4:25 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 9, 2023 at 10:52 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man is wanted for an attempted carjacking and attempted kidnapping in a senior living facility parking lot on Saturday morning.

The victims were Mid-South couple Mike and Dee Jones, who pulled into the parking lot at Belmont Village Senior Living around 11:45 a.m.

Jones says they just arrived at Belmont Village Senior Living in East Memphis on Saturday morning to visit her father-in-law when all of a sudden a man with his face covered in blood flagged them down pleading for help.

“He was getting out of the vehicle to get him out of the car, but that’s when he jumped through the middle and got in the front seat to try to take off with me in the car,” Dee Jones said.

According to the police report, Jones’ husband then got out of the car, trying to pull the suspect out of their back seat.

Jones says the suspect was eventually able to hop in the driver’s seat and tried to take off with the car while she was still inside.

Police say the suspect tried to put the vehicle in gear, but Dee, who was in the front passenger seat, pulled out the key while the husband was in a confrontation with the suspect.

“I was able to get back and park before he could take off, but when he moved his hand on the steering wheel that’s when my husband was able to pull him out of the car and then he wrestled him to the ground and would he not have done that I don’t know what would’ve happened,” said Jones.

The suspect eventually got away on foot.

Belmont Village Senior Living sent a statement to Action News 5:

“As always, our most paramount priorities at Belmont Village Senior Living are the well-being and safety of our residents, families and staff. While our building is secured, we are taking extra precautions by bringing in round-the-clock security personnel to provide our community with an additional and substantial safety resource. We have no additional information to provide on the matter at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation in the hands of local law enforcement.”

Police released a photo of the suspect Monday.

Police say the suspect is 30 to 40 years of age, wearing a grey t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.

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