MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) -- Confined to a wheelchair and generous beyond words, a disabled Memphian is the latest victim of crime in the Bluff City after he offered to give a stranger a ride.
"Honestly it part of my personal beliefs, personal religious beliefs," the man, who asked not to be identified with the suspect still on the run.
According to the victim, the man approached him as he was leaving work on September 9th and asked him for a ride.
"At first it was fine, I kind of just asked him a little about himself," the man said.
The tone quickly changed though, when the man pulled out a gun and demanded money.
"I put my hands up, just as a reaction to him having the gun," the man said. "I was a little bit scared, but it was more, this is serious I have got to make sure I am alert."
The victim says he only had $30 on him. He says the suspect then asked if he had a debit card on him, and the two took off for the victim's bank.
The victim is paralyzed in both legs, the result of a spine injury suffered in a car accident when he was 9-years-old. So, forced to sit there, the victim says he and the suspect started talking. Topics of conversation included the man's recent prison stint, his employment issues, and his children living in Michigan.
"I don't know if he is mentally stable and he is going to shoot or do something," the victim said.
After withdrawing $600 from the victim's bank, the man then told him to drive to another bank in Raleigh. When the ATM card was declined, the man ordered him to drive to the area of Jackson and Pope where the man said he had a stolen car stashed.
"His last words were he thanked me and shook my hand for cooperating and stuff like that," the man said.
Even after his ordeal, the victim says he would still give another stranger a ride.
If you recognize the suspect you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.
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