Security guard carjacked at Methodist University Hospital

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A security truck was carjacked from Methodist University Hospital on Union Avenue just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The security guard approached the suspect, Leslie Tate, 23, who appeared to be lost, according to Memphis Police Department.

Police said Tate then became aggressive and aggravated. She forced the security guard out the way, got into the driver's seat of the security truck, and drove off.

Police were able to locate the truck at 1459 Elvis Presley Blvd., where Tate was still sitting in the driver's seat. A second man was standing by the door.

Tate was taken into custody peacefully.

"A carjacking of a security guard?! I never heard anything like it," nearby resident David Herndon said.

According to court documents, Tate has been arrested previously on charges of theft of property, domestic assault, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and aggravated criminal trespassing.

Methodist Healthcare released the following statement about the incident:

"The incident occurred when an employee of the contracted security firm patrolling the Methodist University Hospital parking garage briefly exited the patrol vehicle to speak with a person in the garage, leaving the keys in the ignition. We are pleased that the contractor's vehicle has been recovered by the Memphis Police Department. We are working with the contracted security firm to review policies and procedures."

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