MEMPHIS, TN – Police say two suspects carjacked two people and robbed a convenience store within a 35 minute period.
According to Memphis Police, the crimes started around 3:45 a.m., July 15, 2008, when two men walked up to a newspaper delivery driver outside Granny's Market, 1712 E. Holmes Road, and asked him for a ride.
Surveillance video from the scene shows that seconds later the robbers pulled out what police describe as a sawed-off shotgun.
“I guess he had the gun down his pants. He had on big britches. So next thing I know, he pulled the gun out and put it in my face,” said victim Marshall Phillips.
Phillips, a Vietnam vet, said he struggled with the gunman for a while, but finally came to his senses and let the crooks take his van.
Police say the carjackers' crime spree continued when they drove the van to a Mapco gas station Airways & Raines. Police say the men robbed the store around 4:00 a.m. and then drove the van to Raines and Hartz, where they abandoned it.
Police believe the men then made their way to a nearby apartment complex on Bonnie Drive, where they carjacked two women and their children. Police say that car was found around 4:30 a.m. on Cazassa.