MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Four teens were have been charged, accused of robbing and carjacking a man in southeast Memphis, then crashing the stolen car.
It all began around 5 a.m. when police say a group of teens robbed and carjacked a man outside a home on Friendly Way.
Officers spotted the stolen car somewhere on Mendenhall and followed it to the corner of Outland and Raines, where the teens crashed into a cement wall at Steel Warehouse, just a six-minute drive from where their alleged crime spree began.
Two of the suspects were hurt when the car’s air bag deployed before the third got away.
On Friday, Memphis police told WREG's Nina Harrelson that two 13-year-olds and two 14-year-olds were charged in the incident. It's unclear when or how they were caught.
Just as Memphis schools are getting out for summer break, statistics show violent crime in the city spikes.
“It’s actually really disappointing, because I’m sure that these are teenagers that are around my age, so it’s sad that they have nothing better to do with themselves than to damage other people and make them go through stuff that they don’t have to go through,” neighbor Nivea DeJesus said.
A neighbor says she recalls at least three other carjackings on her street, including one earlier this year and said a few years back, her son was almost hit by a stray bullet inside their home.