MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police said 24-year-old Ladarius Neely tried to turn a fender-bender he’s accused of causing into payday for himself.
The man he hit doesn’t want to be identified but claims it happened Saturday evening in a Parkway Village neighborhood near Goodlett and Knight Arnold.
“It was uncalled for,” the man said.
He said he was turning into his cousin’s driveway when Neely zoomed by him and clipped the front of his car. He said Neely drove down the street, then came back and jumped out of his vehicle with a gun.
“He was telling me man, you hit my car! You at fault! I got to get some money for this!” the man said. “I said I don’t have any money, and it was your fault.”
But Neely wasn’t backing down and allegedly threatened to shoot the man if he didn’t pay up.
“I was fearful that he could have shot and killed me, yes,” the man said.
The victim’s cousin heard the commotion, called 911 and came outside hoping to de-escalate the situation.
“(The cousin) said hey man, calm down. The police are on their way,” the victim said.
But that made Neely even angrier. The man said he started demanding money from his cousin, then walked up to the front door and demanded money from other relatives inside the house.
Nobody gave into his demands. They all stood resolute until police showed up and took Neely into custody.
“I thank God that I’m okay,” the victim said. “And everyone else that was in the area.”
The man said he feels sorry for Neely, who now faces serious charges of attempted aggravated robbery.
“It’s a bad path all together,” the man said. “I’d like to see him get his life together and not do that. The best thing in life is just to work for your money.”
Crimes like this are often described as “bump n’ robs.” Police said they’re rare and hard to anticipate, but if you get into an accident and feel uncomfortable, police said the best thing to do is pull over, call 911 immediately and stay in your vehicle.