Memphis police capture man suspected in Memphis-wide crime spree
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The carjacking suspect also suspected in three other robberies is now in police custody.
Officer captured the man just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Yale Road and Covington Pike.
Memphis police said the crime spree started at 9:40 a.m. at the Walgreens on the corner of South Bellevue Boulevard and East McLemore Avenue.
There, police said the man carjacked a woman in the parking lot, making off with her tan colored Toyota Camry.
"He said, 'Don't want your purse. I want your keys,'" recalled carjacking victim Johnnie Haley. "He pulled that pistol out and put it in my face. And I gave it to him. Then I started to holler, 'Call the police; he done took my car.'"
About half an hour later, police said the man robbed someone at the Target in the 5900 block of Poplar Avenue.
Nearly 30 minutes after that, the same suspect, driving the same car, robbed a check cashing store in the 6000 block of Winchester Road.
Just after 12:15, the same suspect is believed to have knocked off the "745-CASH" checking business located in the 3200 block of Austin Peay Highway. Police said they found the Toyota abandoned about a mile and a half away from this robbery location.
"When I say he was getting it, he was going through the apartments like white on rice. I was like oh my goodness," witness Naomi Nevilles said. "I seen him run past me and stuff. That's when I look back and saw 50 cars of police then sheriffs. I mean they were getting it."
Soon after finding the car, officers also located the suspect and took him into custody.
"This is not something that happens everyday," said Memphis Police Department representative Louis Brownlee. "But, we are glad with help from the Crump Station, Old Allen Station and Shelby County Canine unit, we were able to get this guy into custody and off the streets."
Memphis police have not released the man's name or any charges he faces at this time.
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