67-year-old wheelchair-bound woman robbed at gunpoint, shares story

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis woman said she was robbed of her rent money at gunpoint.

The 67-year-old woman told her frightening story to WREG. Police said the suspect is still on the run.

"I believe that he was serious. And it might just be intimidation, I don't know. But I believe when a person pull a weapon, they can either kill you — you can live or die," said Estell Kuykindall.

On Wednesday Kuykindall shared her horrific story.

Just before 9 p.m. Tuesday she said she was leaving the Mapco on Danny Thomas when a man repeatedly asked her for money. At first she ignored him.

"When he said it the third time — 'Do you have any money' — he said, 'You better have some!'"

Within seconds Kuykindall said he threw a black jacket over her, and she realized her life was in danger.

"He had this gun upside my face; it was black and it was cold," she said.

The gun pressed against her cheek sent chills through her body.

"It was cold like ice. Real cold."

"I had to have something. I didn't have any jewelry on me. If I did I would've given him that," she said.

Instead Kuykindall gave up her hundreds in rent money. She had initially gone to the Mapco to get a money order to pay her rent but forgot and instead charged her motorized wheelchair at the station instead.

When the gun-wielding suspect got his hands on the cash, he took off. Kuykindall said it all happened so fast it was hard to get a good look at him.

She said there are often loiterers in the surrounding area but didn't think she'd be a victim.

"They camp out every day."

She's now changing when and where she goes in the neighborhood but wants to warn others. Beale Street is just a few blocks away, and she said anyone can be a victim.

"If they target me like that, they got to live around here, and I hope it don't happen to anyone else, you never know."

If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.