MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis police have arrested a man after they say he carjacked a family and two women in a single evening.
The first carjacking happened at the Siegel Select extended-stay hotel on the 5800 block of Shelby Oaks Drive around 6 p.m. Monday.
A father, who didn’t want to be identified, said he was sitting in his car with his 13-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son and dog in the backseat when an armed man jumped into the front passenger seat and pointed a gun at him.
“He just start saying somebody was after him and trying to kill him. He said, ‘Take me out of here, take me out of here!’ and showed the gun,” said the father.
They didn’t drive far.
The suspect ordered the family to stop at the Woodspring Suites on the 5700 block of Shelby Oaks Drive where police say he carjacked two women.
“She fell out the car,” said the father, referring to one of the women.
The other woman remained at the wheel at gunpoint, and drove off.
“There were a lot of things racing through my mind. I just wish I had the same thing he had. I would have lit him up,” said the father.
He didn’t have a gun but he did have his car back, so he decided to follow the suspect and victim while on the line with police.
“I had to, man. He could have drove the lady off anywhere,” he said.
They ended up stopping at the Bass Pro Shops on Macon Road where police apprehended the suspect they later identified as Ronnie Anderson.
Anderson is being held on a $175,000 bond for aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated kidnapping.
He’s due in court Wednesday at 9 a.m.