Police: woman kidnapped, carjacked near Levitt Shell - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: woman kidnapped, carjacked near Levitt Shell

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A woman was kidnapped and carjacked Thursday night after the ChaWa concert at the Levitt Shell.

Levitt Shell Executive Director Anne Pitts said the concert started at 7:30 p.m., and the band left around 9:15. The production cleanup crews were gone by 10:45 p.m.

According to police, the 25-year-old woman was sitting in her car near the Shell around 11 p.m. when a man pointed a gun at her through her window.  She said that he told her to get out of her car. When she complied, another man helped the first man put her into the trunk of her car.

She then told police that the suspects drove around for a while, but she was able to unlock the trunk from the inside and wave at passing cars for help.  She wasn't sure if anyone was able to see her, however.

The victim then said that the suspects stopped the car, took her out of the trunk, and pointed the gun at her. They then drove off in her car.  The victim ran to a friend's house in the the 1900 block of Linden Avenue where she called police.

The victim described her car as a blue 2006 Volkswagen Jetta with Tennessee license plate L1326U.

Pitts said there is plenty of security at the Shell for hours before and after concerts. Security officers were gone by 11 p.m. Thursday night.

"Our concerts are very safe," Pitts added. "So far, we have enjoyed seven years now of wonderful family events at the Levitt Shell."

In spite of Thursday's carjacking and kidnapping, frequent concert goers agree with Pitts.

"Yes, I think safety is good here."

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