Man police say carjacked mom & kids spent time in prison for carjacking

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(Memphis) A man police said was wanted for a carjacking and later said wasn't a suspect has been arrested for the crime.

Derrick Fifer has been charged with aggravated assaulted, aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping and theft.

Police say Fifer stabbed a woman late Monday night in the driveway of her home on Pleasant Road in Whitehaven and stole her Cadillac Escalade with her two kids inside.

They say a third child, a 5-year-old girl, was able to jump out of the vehicle before Fifer took off.

A 3-year-old boy was discovered nearby in the street, and an 11-month-old girl was discovered still in her car seat in Polly Williams Park.

"If he did it he needs to just have his tail whooped," said Camilla Taylor.

Taylor lives three houses down from where the carjacking happened.

She has seen Fifer at her neighbor's house a number of times and was sure police had the wrong person, until she learned he had done something like this before.

"He might have done it if that's what he's been going to jail for. He probably did it," said Taylor.

Court records show Fifter pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated carjacking in 2008.

In August of last year, he was released from prison, and in September, he was arrested for another carjacking, but the charge was dropped after the victim decided not to prosecute.

He was only 17 when he was locked up.

"I'm going to have to pray for him he like it in there, I guess," said Taylor.

The woman who was stabbed is already out of the hospital, but she and her children are not staying at their home on Pleasant Road right now.

She told us she knows Fifer, but wouldn't say anything about what happened.

Police say they were told who the suspect was, but then received conflicting information on that suspect.

Fifer made his first appearance in court Wednesday and is being held on $750,000 bond.


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