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U of M student kidnapped and robbed on way to school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A University of Memphis student was kidnapped and robbed on his way to school.

The student, Kem Gray, is sharing his story in hopes it will save others from having to go through what he did.

It happened right at Highland Street and Park Avenue just after midnight last week. The music major had his window rolled up, he was stopped at a red light, and he had no idea he was about to become a victim.

"I was driving back to campus from my home," he said. "This car pulled up next to me."

At first, he didn't think anything of it.

That's when one guy jumps out and puts a gun right up to Gray's window.

"My mind just went completely blank. I didn't know what to think. I just kind of froze."

After the initial shock, Gray said he did what he had to.

"He asked me to open the door, and then he hops through. He hops over me to get to the passenger's seat."

They drove down Park to the nearest ATM.

"He asked me to withdraw as much money as I could. For some reason, that ATM wouldn't cooperate."

So off they were again — this time to another ATM, where gray says he successfully withdrew a little over $200 in cash.

"And then on the way to that ATM, he took my wallet, my phone and other small possessions I had."

Finally, cash in hand, Gray said the robber told him to pull over, and he hopped out.

"At that point, I was just thankful to God that he allowed me to let go, you know, get away."

Police are now searching for four people — two men and two women — whom they believe are connected to the robbery.

Gray hopes they're captured, and he also hopes drivers take heed.

"Just always stay alert. You never know who is gonna pull up, you never know what's gonna happen."