Kroger employee, 16, narrowly escapes kidnapping by 3 men

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Three men kidnapped a Kroger employee as he left work Monday night, according to Memphis Police Department.

The kidnapping happened around 9 p.m. at the Kroger on Summer Avenue.

The employee, a 16-year-old rising junior at Central High School, was sitting in his car in the parking lot behind the store. He said the robbers attacked him as he was selecting his music for the ride home.

"He said the door just opened and the guy just put a gun to his head and said to scoot over," the victim's father, Sam Hopper, said.

According to the police report, the robbers forced the teen into the passenger's seat. They drove away while he was still inside the vehicle, stopping several times to get out and talk to one another.

"These people now, it's getting ridiculous. They're going after our kids now," Hopper said. "If you ever let me find out who you are, you're going to realize you picked the wrong child."

The victim said on one of the stops, he was able to get his leg on the gas pedal as the driver stood half out the car with a foot on the brake. The victim then grabbed hold of the wheel and dragged the driver a short ways before escaping.

The victim drove home and told his father what happened. His father then called police.

"My son goes to school and works up there at Kroger just so he can buy him so extra pair of shoes and stuff for football," Hopper said.

The teen said the incident lasted about an hour; he didn't suffer any injuries except a few scratches and torn clothing. He also lost a neon orange Nike high top shoe.

Memphis Police Department have not released the suspects' descriptions.

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