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St. Jude employee rear-ended on Midtown street, attacked

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People who learned about the story took to Facebook to express their disgust over the attack and support their friend. (Photo Source: Facebook) People who learned about the story took to Facebook to express their disgust over the attack and support their friend. (Photo Source: Facebook)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - It's a story one might expect to read on social media or in an email. One man is warning you about people who are deliberately rear-ending cars as the beginning of a robbery attempt.

A St. Jude employee thought he was involved in a crash during the weekend, but it actually turned out to be the start of a robbery.

The worst part? He says his attackers laughed and screamed during the crime.

Director of Strategic Partnerships at St. Jude Research Hospital, Thad Caperton works at a place that helps saves lives everyday. After a malicious attack by a group of teens last Friday, Caperton saw his own life flash before his eyes.

"This is the first time something like this has ever happened to me," said Caperton.

Caperton says he was rear ended around 11 p.m. near South Willet Street and Central Avenue in Midtown. After the accident, he says he got out of his car to check for damages.

"Then fours teens jumped out and immediately started macing me," he said.

Caperton says the teens did not demand money, but at one point fired a gun in what he thinks was an attempt to scare him.

"The sad part about it is they were all laughing. They thought that was pretty hysterical what was happening," noted Caperton.

After the teens drove away, Caperton called police.

People who learned about the story took to Facebook to express their disgust over the attack and support their friend.

"Rick Shadyac the CEO of Alsac called me at home just to be sure I was ok because he read about it online," added Caperton.

In hindsight, Caperton says he still loves his city but wishes he had used better judgement.

"You don't want to be scared. You don't want to have to look over your shoulder but just use common sense," said Caperton. "Thinking about it now, it was kind of late at night, I probably shouldn't have got out, I'm by myself, there's a car full of people behind me, perhaps I could handle that better in the future."

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