Carjacking suspects lead police on chase before crashing car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- --It was a busy Thursday morning for Memphis Police.

Three juveniles and one adult are in custody after a carjacking in Westwood.

Neighbors said the accused carjackers were hiding behind a vacant house on Brakebill Cove when they were taken into custody.

WREG was there moments after the crash that deployed airbags and left a silver SUV a mangled mess.

It smashed into a garbage truck at Brooks and Graves in Whitehaven.

Memphis Police said the three minors and one adult inside the Toyota 4Runner had just stolen it from a man five miles away in Westwood at Weaver and Shelby Drive.

Dalstrom Park is there on the corner and at eight in the morning, neighbors say there’s a crowd.

“Most of them elderly,” said one park-goer.

MPD said these guys aren’t only young, they’re dangerous.
One of them fired a shot but thankfully no one was injured. Once MPD got the call officers jumped into action and began canvassing the area.

Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Sanders said it was an officer in the newly formed Violent Crimes Unit that spotted the stolen SUV at Brooks and Graves, about 30 minutes after the initial 911 call.

That’s where the SUV wrecked and the four accused thieves bailed but they didn’t run far.

Memphis Police captured them yards away in the back of quiet Brakebill Cove.

Thursday night neighbors are glad they’re off the street.

“They learned their lesson trying to rob somebody and tried to get away with it. It’s not worth it,” said Rashun Wright.

While police praise teamwork.

“Grateful for the new violent crimes unit they were able to actually get out and assist in this particular apprehension,” said Lt. Colonel Sanders.

The violent crimes unit was formed at the end of last month.