Family robbed at gunpoint at Memphis car wash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Juan Rivera Ramos and his family were simply washing their cars earlier this month when the thought of death rushed through their minds.

“Please don’t shoot me,” Ramos said, recalling his thoughts. “Don’t shoot me or my kids or my family. I have fear.”

While at the Jumbo Wash on Summer Avenue, they were approached by a man with a gun asking for money.

“He say ‘If you don’t give me your money, maybe I’ll kill you,’” Ramos told FOX13. “But I said to the guy, ‘I don’t have nothing right now in my pocket.’ He said, ‘I see your phone in your pocket. I see your wallet in your pocket. I need you to give me it right now, or I’ll kill you.’”

Ramos’ 14-year-old son was outside when the robbery happened. His wife and 10-month old daughter were inside the car.

He said he remembers clearly what was said.

“Give me $500 or more right now,” Rose Ramos said. “If I don’t, I will kill all of y’all.”

According to the police report, the suspect took the phone from another family member but saw it was useless because it needed a thumbprint. So Ramos paid him $20 to get the phone back.

Ramos then pushed the robber against the wall and tried to take the gun away.

The bad guy then took off with a little money, but Ramos is thankful that’s all that was lost.

“You never know,” he said. “Something can happen fast. Maybe you lose a life in a minute. I want to say to people, ‘take care, man.’”