Man chases, snaps photo of attempted abduction suspect - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man chases, snaps photo of attempted abduction suspect

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The photographer is a grandson of two elderly women himself. The photographer is a grandson of two elderly women himself.
Police released the photo to the media Wednesday morning after receiving it from Wilons. Police released the photo to the media Wednesday morning after receiving it from Wilons.
The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, told Action News 5 that she screamed and ran away, darting in and out of cars in the parking lot. The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, told Action News 5 that she screamed and ran away, darting in and out of cars in the parking lot.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A picture circulating in the Mid-South of an abduction suspect now serves as a major clue to investigators.

The photographer is a grandson of two elderly women himself. He said he did not think twice about snapping a photo of a suspect in an East Memphis attempted kidnapping.

"I said if this guy's preying on the elderly, I definitely need to act," said L.T. Wilons.

The woman told police she was loading things into her car. Then she was approached by a man who said he needed a ride to Nashville. She said she was not able to help him.

"I started to turn, and he said, 'I've got a gun, get in your car," she said.

The victim, who wants to remain anonymous, told Action News 5 that she screamed and ran away, darting in and out of cars in the parking lot.

Her screams got the attention of several other shoppers outside the busy store. Including Wilons, who followed the suspect for seven blocks.

"I didn't see anything that resembled a gun on him. So, I felt a little more comfortable going up to him," said Wilsons.

Police released the photo to the media Wednesday morning after receiving it from Wilons.

"I just thought now we have a picture of him, now they can identify him, now they can stop him," said Wilson.

The suspect is believed to be around 50 years old with brown hair and a receding hair line.

Call Crime-Stoppers at 901-528-CASH with any information.

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