Carjackers wreak havoc on Mud Island over the weekend

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Carjackers wreaked havoc on Mud Island over the weekend leaving many without their main way of transportation.

On Sept. 18, officers responded about 7:40 a.m. to a carjacking on Island Drive and Island Place.

When officers arrived at the scene, one officer was met by one victim. The victim said that on or around 7:20 a.m. she arrived at Greenbelt Park.

According to a police report, the victim pulled into a parking spot and gathered her materials to walk her dog and was no longer parked for more than ten minutes when a gray SUV pulled up behind her and blocked her in.

She said at that time a man exited the SUV and approached her driver-side door with what appeared to be a black rifle with a lot of holes in it and began pulling on her door handle, police said.

The suspect pointed the rifle at her, then yelled for her to exit the car. She exited the car then the suspect got inside the car and attempted to leave, the report said.

According to the report, the suspect had issues driving the car, even driving over the median.

The victim observed the car and SUV driving northbound on Island Drive and was unable to get any descriptions of the SUV, nor was the passerby that the victim flagged down.

The report indicated that an officer observed two sky cop cameras at the location at which point the Real-Time Crime Center was contacted and they said that they could not pull up any footage of the incident due to the cameras not functioning.

MPD was able to find the victim’s car through her cell phone to an address in the 990 block of Maury Street to where officers were dispatched and found the victim’s car in the area to which a short chase, without incident, proceeded, police said.

Officers continued to track the car, including the SUV to Pearce and Ayers and Vollintine.

The SUV was found to be stolen., the report said, and both cars were towed to the city impounding lot, to be processed.

Later in the weekend, officers were called again to Mud Island for another carjacking.

Officers responded just before 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 to the 1100 block of Natchez Point for a robbery.

The caller said he was concerned for his coworker who does not speak English and was robbed at gunpoint inside the Riverset Apartment Complex while washing a car, police said.

Two men approached the victim armed with a machine gun or assault rifle, pointed the weapon at his chest and demanded the key to the car.

According to the police report, the suspect drove off with his house keys and cell phone left inside the stolen car and had entered the lot driving a White Dodge Journey with a license plate covered.