Attempted Kidnapping Suspect Charged, Makes First Court Appearance

Attempted Kidnapping Suspect Charged, Makes First Court Appearance

The man accused of trying to rob and kidnap an elderly woman at an east Memphis grocery store parking lot made his first court appearance Friday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The man accused of trying to rob and kidnap an elderly woman at an east Memphis grocery store parking lot made his first court appearance Friday morning.

Officers were called to the Mendenhall Commons shopping center at S. Mendenhall Rd and Sanderlin Ave just after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Investigators say the 74-year-old woman was leaving Kroger and loading items into her car when she was approached by an older white male saying he was sick and needed a ride to Nashville. When she refused, she told police the man said, "Get in the car, I have a gun."

Witnesses heard the woman scream and saw the suspect running away; one witness followed the suspect and took his picture to give to police.

Once the suspect's picture was released to the media, police received several calls identifying him as Charles R. Hester, III. They later received another tip Thursday that Hester was at a McDonald's at Summer Avenue and White Station. Officers saw Hester get in a white vehicle and pulled him over as he started to drive away.

Hester, 49, was arrested and charged with Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping and Attempted Aggravated Robbery. He admitted to police that he had asked the woman for help, but denied threatening her. Hester was arraigned and assigned a public defender at a Friday morning court appearance.

Charles Hester is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

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