Police searching for 5 suspects who beat, carjacked disabled veteran

Police searching for 5 suspects who beat, carjacked disabled veteran

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A military veteran is recovering from the effects of a brutal carjacking that left him unconscious.

Memphis police are now releasing new details about the case, hoping to get those suspects behind bars.

Anthony Nelson, a 59-year-old disabled veteran, does not mince words about how he feels about the men who jumped him and took his car.

"It makes you a punk cause you can't mess with somebody your own age, you want to mess with somebody who can hardly walk,” Nelson said.

Nelson, who is diabetic and a cancer survivor, makes it clear how he feels about the five men who carjacked him outside a store on Elvis Presley at the end of November.

He had just come out of the store and was about to get into his car when it happened.

"I got hit from behind and apparently I was fighting the one guy off and another guy came and knocked me out,” Nelson said.

When he came to, his car and wallet were gone. He had cuts on his face, head, elbow and knees and was missing a tooth.

"I don’t know how I got home to this day,” Nelson said.

He figures he walked to his nearby home. "All I remember is calling my fiancée’s name Zeta. She said she found me on the porch here,” Nelson said.

Police recently released a photo of one of the suspects taken from store surveillance video.

ROBBERY 2200 Block of Elvis Presley Boulevard Report #1811011423ME MEMPHIS, TN – On November 25, 2018, at about 5:40...

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Monday, January 7, 2019

Police say one of the suspects may be a juvenile.

Nelson said he recognized one of the suspects as a panhandler at the store he frequents.

Nelson’s Ford Escape was discovered a few miles away at a apartment complex. He speculates they ran out of gas because he said he was driving on fumes.

"They deserve to rot in prison for what they did,” Nelson said.

His wallet had credit cards, money, a Social Security card and ID. That ID worries him the most because it has his address on it.

“I’m paranoid every day,” Nelson said. “I lock the house up like a jailer locks a cell. I keep my dog with me all the time.”

Memphis police want to catch the man seen in the photo, and they need your help.

He could be key to identifying the other people involved in the attack of Anthony Nelson.

If you know who he is call crime stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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