Suspect in custody for pistol-whipping of 71-year-old man

71-year-old pistol whipped, carjacked; suspect in custody
Surveillance captured the victim and suspect inside the gas station (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Surveillance captured the victim and suspect inside the gas station (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Damage to the abandoned building from the car that was set on fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Damage to the abandoned building from the car that was set on fire. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One man is in jail after reportedly pistol whipping and carjacking a 71-year-old man.

The victim, who didn't know the area, took a wrong turn and pulled into the Marathon gas station at the corner of South Parkway and Florida Street.

The victim said Victor Martin, 41, followed him in and out of the gas station.

Once outside, Martin pointed a gun at him and forced him into his own passenger seat.

When Martin tried to drive out of the parking lot, the victim grabbed the steering wheel and tried to grab Martin's gun.

During the struggle, Martin pistol-whipped the victim in the face several times.

"Yes it's not safe at all," customer Raymond Scigger said. "It's--I don't know what to think about it. It's terrible and terrible each day."

Martin eventually forced the victim out of the car and drove off.

Police said Martin drove the car to an abandoned house and lit it on fire. The flames torched the car and even damaged the house.

Martin is now in police custody. His bond has not been set.

The victim was at Regional Medical Center as of Thursday night. Doctors said he is now in good condition after undergoing surgery.

Thousands of seniors have been victims of crime this year in Memphis. WMC Action News 5's Jerica Phillips looked into the violence during a special report in November.

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