Police identify & charge one suspect in Monday night hotel incident; still searching for others

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Renardo Townsend

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – UPDATE 9:15 a.m. – Memphis Police say the two women have been released.

The man, who was found hiding in the female’s restroom, has been identified as Renardo Townsend. Townsend is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.

Investigators are still working to identify the other men who were involved in this incident. 

Renardo Townsend

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6:55 a.m. – Memphis police fired shots Monday night at several suspects who tried to run them over with a car in Parkway Village.

According to MPD, around 8 p.m., officers responded to a call at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, at 4760 Showcase Blvd where two men were seen looking into a car as if they were about to break into it. The two men along with four other men and two women then met in the hotel lobby and went to a room.

When officers checked a white Toyota Camry which two of the men were seen getting out of, they found it was reported stolen.

While officers were at the front desk talking with employees, several men ran from the hotel in several different directions. Officers followed them to a different silver Toyota Camry that was backed into a parking space, trying to get them to stop. One of the suspects opened the door as if he was going to get out. But, when offices approached the car, the driver accelerated toward officers.

Two MPD officers fired their weapons, but, nobody was hit. The suspects then sped off from the scene.

As other officers were making the scene, employees at the Taco Bell in the 2700 block of South Perkins, told officers that a man ran into the restaurant, into the women’s bathroom and was standing on a toilet. Officers found the armed suspect and took him into custody.

The two women have also been detained.

The other suspects are still on the run.

The two officers who fired their weapons have been routinely relieved of duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone who has information regarding this incident is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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