MPD SkyCop Returned To Kroger Parking Lot After Woman Injured In Carjacking

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Kroger Carjacking Victim Speaks Out

A great-grandmother is recovering physically and emotionally, after a man shoved her to the ground, stole her car, and took off in Frayser.

It happened in the Monday afternoon in the Kroger parking lot in the 2600 block of Frayser Boulevard. Police said a good Samaritan fired one shot at the carjacker, but the crook got away in her car.

That great-grandmother told Local 24 she had a roast in the oven, and ran over to the store to quickly grab a few ingredients. That errand unexpectedly ended with a trip to the emergency room.

“I couldn’t even sleep last night because I constantly hear his voice.”

The 70-year-old woman, who didn’t want her face shown, remains rattled after being carjacked. “He says, ‘I want your car,’ and it went from there.”

The woman said the man approached and grabbed her while she loaded groceries Monday afternoon. “He got one foot in there and that’s when he cranked the car, and we went to backing out, and that’s when he shoved me and when he shoved me, I fell.”

While being shoved, the victim said a good Samaritan tried stopping the attacker by firing one shot.

“He should’ve have done just what he did, because if he did not, there’s no telling what the guy could have done.” 

Memphis police say the good Samaritan wasn’t on scene when officers arrived, but the victim wants him to know she’s appreciative. “I want to meet him, I really would, just to thank him.”

MPD said they had a SkyCop trailer monitoring the Kroger parking lot last year. From September 19th to October 26th, the lot had eight reported incidents; three thefts and two shoplifting cases.

Compare that to the five-week period immediately after SkyCop left the lot, when there were 26 reported incidents, including six thefts, seven assaults, and seven shoplifting cases.

The SkyCop wasn’t there Monday to potentially deter the latest attacker.

“They need to put it back, they need to put it back, they need cameras or what else they can put out there because it has gotten so bad.”

That woman got her wish Tuesday afternoon. Before 3:00 p.m., the SkyCop returned to monitor the parking lot. Now she has a message for the attacker.

“Let me run up find out who he is and run up on him, mm hmmm, and they’ll see what granny has for him.”

The victim’s stolen car is a 2005 Dodge Mangum with the Tennessee license plate 071-VVF. If you spot the car or have any other information, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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