Germantown police search for armed robbery, kidnapping suspect

Police investigate third Germantown robbery

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC) - "It's very frightening because it's a very safe neighborhood in Germantown," said Jodie Sain.

Sain thought her neighborhood was safe, but Friday it quickly became a crime scene as police investigated the third armed robbery in recent weeks.

Germantown police are looking for a man suspected of robbing an elderly couple in the 1900 block of Hazelton Drive Friday night.

According to police, the man forced his way inside their home and pointed a gun at the couple, demanding that they surrender their valuables.

Police say the man then forced the couple into their car. He told the male victim to drive the car to a neighborhood south of Winchester and Kirby, then slow down so he could exit the vehicle and run away.

The victims say the suspect is a man in his 20s or 30s, about 6'4", 230 to 240 pounds with a muscular build.

Bartine Stoddard noted, "You would think that after you reach a certain age people would have respect for older people because they've gone through a whole lot in their life."

In a written statement, Police Chief Richard Hall said, "We believe in active and vigilant patrols and have a strong community policing strategy. The city has one of the lowest crime rates in the state and we will continue to focus on crime prevention and keeping our residents safe."

"Public safety is the number one priority in our community," added Mayor Mike Palazzolo in a written statement. "Residents can be assured our full resources are focused on this week's incidents. I have confidence in our police department and ask residents to continue to be aware of their surroundings."

This is the third armed robbery in Germantown in the past few weeks. An elderly couple was robbed at gunpoint after a man followed them home and on Tuesday, another woman was robbed at gunpoint in her driveway.

"It's just very scary; an invasion of our privacy and our safety when we feel safe in a gated community," added Sain.

Police are investigating whether these incidents are related.

If you have any information about this crime, please call the Germantown Police Department at (901)757-2274.

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