Police release more information on deadly carjacking - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police release more information on deadly carjacking

At a press conference Thursday, police released more information about a deadly Memphis carjacking.

79 year-old Lawrence Guidroz had just finished buying groceries at a store at 3237 Winchester and was walking to his car when a man beat him up and carjacked him. Guidroz later died.

The grocery store's video surveillance system caught a suspect on tape. Police say that video led to a suspect, Corinio Allen Pruitt.

Police located Mr. Guidroz' car in the same neighborhood with two men it.

"We suspect and have reason to believe Mr. Pruitt was in the car and escaped," said Memphis Police Lt. Joe Scott.

Police have issued a warrant for first degree murder for Pruitt, who has a lengthy record. Police believe he acted alone.

The grocery store has taken many precautions to protect customers. It employs 60 cameras that record 24 hours a day.

"Unfortunately this happened," said store manager Michael Williams. "We had no control over it, but we were able to provide the necessary pictures for police."

The store manager says Mr. Guidroz was a good customer who came in the store almost everyday.

Now a man everyone described as a wonderful person who would help anyone is dead, and a suspect is on the run.

Police say Corinio Allen Pruitt should be considered armed and dangerous. Investigators do not believe he has left the area.

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