MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A 13-year-old boy was inside a vehicle that was stolen from a shopping center parking lot Wednesday evening, according to Memphis police.
Investigators told FOX13 the woman parked at the Gentle Care Animal Hospital on Covington Pike to pick up her dog. She went inside and left her son in her Rav 4.
The mother, Ebonee Ridley, said she got out to get her dog from the animal hospital.
“I went to the stand, gave her my credit card and turned back around and look and the truck was gone,” Ridley said.
Ridley told FOX13 the man kept driving, even after seeing the child inside the car.
A man got into the vehicle and drove off.
A witness at a nearby business told police she saw the suspect look into the windows of the vehicle before getting inside and leaving.
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She said the thief even asked him where he lived.
“They had a whole conversation,” Ridley said.
The man got out of the car 11 miles down the road, dragging the boy out as well.
Ridley said the man “busted (the child’s) knee and busted his hand.”
The boy was located in the 3200 block of Harvester.
A woman at the location told police she saw the Rav 4 stop in front of her home. A suspect yelled at her to get out of the car.
When the child wouldn't get out, the suspect physically removed him and drove off, according to the police report.
The suspect and the woman’s vehicle have not been found. Police described him as a 5-foot-7 man, weighing 140 pounds, wearing a black hat, black shirt and gray pants.
The vehicle stolen was a 2007 Toyota Rav 4 with a Tennessee license plate. MPD said the vehicle was last seen heading westbound on Semple Avenue.
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