MPD: Man Robbed, Kidnapped, & Carjacked Outside Ardent Studios

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Memphis police are investigating after they say a man was kidnapped, robbed, and carjacked outside Ardent Studio in midtown Memphis.

It happened about 1:40 a.m. at the music studio in the 2000 block of Madison Avenue.

The victim, an intern at Ardent, told investigators he was getting into his SUV when a man emerged from a dark corner of the parking lot.

The victim said the man pointed a gun at him and demanded money. He says the guy then forced him into the SUV and made him drive away. A short time later, he made the victim pull over and get out, then the suspect drove away in the light blue 2012 Ford Escape.

"I tried to talk to whole time to him, not necessarily a conversation, but I didn't want him quiet thinking about stuff, but yeah he had a gun to my head the entire time we were driving, so I was pretty freaked out," the victim told Local 24.

The suspect is described as in his 40s, wearing a black beanie with many layers of clothing. His face was unshaven, and he had a gap in his teeth. The victim’s SUV has several bumper stickers on it.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

The following statement was issued by Ardent: 

"Early this morning, one of our interns was robbed and kidnapped while walking to his vehicle. He was not injured in the incident, and the fine officers of the Memphis Police Department are investigating. For over 50 years, Ardent has provided artists, producers, and musicians a world class environment to create incredible music, and we are committed to the safety of our staff and guests. The company is taking measures to prevent such occurrences in the future. We are grateful for the overwhelming support from the community and look forward to many more years serving our clients and our city."


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