MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police said a carjacking suspect was on the run Sunday night in the Nutbush area of Memphis.
The victim told police he was in the 3900 block of Macon Avenue when a small sedan pulled up behind him. An armed man got out, approached the victim and told him to get out of his vehicle.
Six minutes after calling for help, officers said they located the stolen Jeep Renegade near Jackson and Orchi, but again the driver took off. They lost sight of him going southbound on Wells Station near Deborah.
Officers eventually found the vehicle abandoned in the 4000 block of Truman Avenue.
One officer in the area was involved in a crash on Wells Station, but no injuries were reported.
Police said at 10:30 that they were calling out an air search for the suspect.
The victim said he was making a quick trip to the store Sunday night when he was stopped by a masked gunman.
The man, who didn’t want to be identified, says he was stopped at a red light at Macon and Graham when he heard something tapping at his window. He found himself staring down the barrel of a gun as the carjacker demanded he get out.
The victim said the carjacker may have abandoned the Jeep after realizing the key fob wasn’t in the vehicle, because the victim still had it. That meant that once the jeep stopped, the carjacker would not have been able to restart it.
“I’m here, I’m going to continue my life. Thank you, Jesus,” the man said.
The suspect has not been identified.