FOX13 Investigates: Drastic rise in carjackings across Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A far-reaching problem in Memphis is getting worse.

Police said carjackings are up 86 percent in the city since this time in 2017.

Between May and July of 2018, 118 people were victims of carjackers.

On Tuesday, MPD asked for the public’s help to solve Memphis’ latest carjacking case.

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Drivers told FOX13 the numbers are startling.

“It makes me scared to go out of my house. I’ve lived in Memphis all of my life and it just seems as if it’s progressively getting worse,” said Cindy Lopresri.

The DA’s office said in several cases, the suspects used guns to intimidate the victims.

Last week, five men between the ages of 19 and 29 were indicted on multiple carjackings and armed robberies in nine separate incidents.

Investigators said the latest carjacking happened Friday at the Exxon in the 3300 block of Winchester Road.

Police said the suspect parked next to the victim’s truck and got inside.

According to police, the carjackings are not only happening at gas stations, but also at ATMs. That is why paying attention is key.

“Typically, when you go to an ATM, your attention is divided, they’re thinking about getting their money out of the ATM machine, where to next,” said MPD public information officer Louis Brownlee. “But that’s a situation where you really need to increase your awareness.”