Man carjacked while trying to help jumpstart a stranded vehicle

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man was carjacked while trying to help two men who appeared to be having car trouble near the intersection of Elvis Presley Boulevard and East Person Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

The carjacking happened on Tuesday just after 3 p.m.

Memphis Police Department said the victim, Leroy Jackson, was driving westbound on Person Avenue when he saw a two-door Cutlass stopped on the side of the road with the hood up.

Jackson saw a man standing in front of the vehicle with jumper cables out. He appeared to be trying to boost his battery.

Jackson pulled over and got out of his car. He said a second man, who was armed with a handgun and wearing a black bandanna over his face, approached him from behind.

"I pulled over to help him. Next thing I know something come up behind him and said, 'You know what this is, get to walking,'" Jackson said.

Jackson then started to walk towards Elvis Presley Boulevard and watched as the two men drove away in the Cutlass and his own 2015 silver Dodge Ram.

"You wouldn't think this would happen in daytime. You'd think it'd happen at night," Jackson said.

Jackson knows things could have been much worse. He also knows that more and more good Samaritans stopping to help those in need are becoming victims themselves. But, he's not letting this one incident come between his morals.

"My mom raised me to be good and help folks, but I have to be aware of my surroundings now," Jackson said.

Jackson's Tennessee tag number on his 2015 Dodge Ram is Z9797F.

If you happen to see his truck, you are asked to call Memphis Police Department.

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