MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three suspects possibly connected to two separate carjackings on Poplar Avenue within days have been taken into custody.
On Wednesday, Memphis police tweeted that Andre Williams, 18, and two 16-year-old males were charged after they carjacked a mother at the FedExFamilyHouse, which is near LeBonheur Children's Hospital. The woman's five-year-old daughter was recovering from a liver transplant the day before.
The victim, Brandy Odle, told WREG earlier this week that she had parked her Ford Escape and was about to get out when three men with their faces covered rushed up and yelled, "Get out of the car."
They had what appeared to be a handgun wrapped in a cloth.
"As soon as I opened that door, they pushed the door open, ambushed, like, three of them," Odle said. “There was three of them and a gun between my eyes."
They got away with Odle's purse and her car, which police located just a few blocks away days later.
WREG has now learned at least one of those suspects may have attacked another man just several blocks down the street Monday night.
The victim in that case told police he had just pulled up to the gate at the Memphis Union Mission's Opportunity Center when three men attempted to carjack him.
"He was pointing his gun and demanded me to get out of the car," the victim told WREG.
The victim said he refused and when they realized security was coming, they ran off.
Later, police reported they located Williams and another suspect.
Police said the two detained suspects matched the description of the carjackers, but because the victim couldn't be absolutely positive they were the ones responsible, police were forced to let them go.
Williams was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with carjacking and theft of property.
The juveniles will not be identified unless they are charged as adults.