Man accused in Midtown grocery carjacking faces judge - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man accused in Midtown grocery carjacking faces judge

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man charged with carjacking a woman outside a Midtown grocery store faced a judge Monday.

James Garrett, 39, is charged with carjacking, using a gun while committing a felony and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Monday, shoppers like Carrie Thompson were stunned by the attack at the Easy Way on Cooper in Midtown.

"My mother is an elderly lady, and she shops here sometimes, and she would be an easy victim," Thompson said.

It happened just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday while Jane Segal, a former Action News 5 anchor, was unloading groceries into her car.  That's when, according to police, Garrett pulled out a gun, pointed it at Segal's stomach, and demanded her wallet and keys.

Garrett then took off in Segal's 1998 Cadillac.

"He has to be a very desperate or disturbed person," Thompson said.

The next day, according to investigators, an officer driving east on Summer Avenue spotted a vehicle that matched a police broadcast placed the previous night regarding the carjacking. The officer ran the car's tag, which confirmed it had been taken during the carjacking.

Garrett was pulled over and arrested.  Police found a loaded gun under the front driver's seat - the same gun Garrett told police he used during the crime.

"I'm very glad they got him, and I hope it discourages others from doing the same thing," Thompson said.

Garrett has no prior criminal record.  He will be in court again on March 14.

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