UPDATE: Juveniles charged with auto theft after South Memphis manhunt

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of suspects police say committed four robberies and carjackings Friday morning were captured Friday in South Memphis after a police chase turned into an all-out manhunt.

So far, three juveniles captured Friday were charged with auto theft over $250,000 related to vehicles stolen from 2401 Florida Street in South Memphis, MPD said Monday. An adult man who was captured with the group was released without charges.

While police said Friday they believed the group was also responsible for a string of robberies, they have not yet been charged in those crimes. The investigation is ongoing, police said Monday.

The first incident Friday was at about 7:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Olive in South Memphis, where three men armed with a handgun took a woman's vehicle and drove away. Her car was recovered in the 4500 block of Watertree, but three men had already driven away in a 2007 Mazda 3.

By 9:15, police said four men in a silver Mazda robbed a man at Peabody and Diana in Midtown, then robbed another man on Tutwiler on the north side of Midtown a few minutes later.

At approximately 9:36 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shots fired call in the 800 block of Maury a few blocks from Tutwiler. The victim said he was approached by two male blacks armed with black handguns. The two suspects took the victim’s backpack and fired shots, but the man was not hit.

Police spotted the suspects' vehicle around Jackson and Evergreen and chased it as far as the FedExForum before calling off the chase. They later found the vehicle unoccupied in South Memphis, and began looking for the suspects.

As a helicopter kept eye overhead, police took their dogs to the woods around Kansas Street and 1st Avenue searching for the men who ditched the Mazda, then took off running.

Nearby Riverview Elementary was put on lockdown as police searched the area for the suspects.

Before long, the arrests began mounting.

Several men were seen in handcuffs as police continued their hunt for the remaining suspects, and bewildered neighbors locked their doors.

Less than two hours after the manhunt began, it was over, and four people were in custody.

No charges have been filed against the men yet, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.


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