One arrested, one wanted in VA Medical Center carjacking

One arrested, one wanted in VA Medical Center carjacking
A VA employee was carjacked Tuesday evening while getting into her car.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for a second after an employee was carjacked at the Memphis VA Medical Center Tuesday evening.

The victim told officers she was getting into her 2017 Honda Accord around 6:15 p.m. when two men approached her in the parking lot near Jefferson Avenue.

The victim said one of the men was armed and told her to lay down on the ground or he would shoot.

The men grabbed the victim’s lanyard and took off in the car, which was spotted the next day near Clifton and University in Frayser.

When officers tried to stop the car, two men bailed out and 18-year-old Taqarious Nichols was caught after a foot chase, according to the affidavit.

Booking photo of Taqarious Nichols. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo of Taqarious Nichols. (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

Nichols gave a detailed written statement admitting to being in the carjacked vehicle and running from police, officers said.

Memphis Police announced Thursday night they have an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the case. Antonio McGary is wanted for carjacking and using a firearm during a felony.

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Nichols is charged with carjacking, using a firearm during the commission of a felony and evading arrest. He faces two additional carjacking charges after investigators connected him to carjacking on Leichester Lane near Bartlett and Myron Drive in Whitehaven days earlier.

Investigators have not said if McGary is thought to be involved in those incidents, but court records describe multiple male suspects approaching victims in both carjackings.

A representative for the VA Medical Center did not respond to a request for comment about security measures in the employee parking lot.

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