Mother and child held at gunpoint; MPD make arrests in driveway robberies

Mother and child held at gunpoint; MPD makes arrest in driveway robberies

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A handful of driveway robberies have people living in fear around the Memphis area, but police say they've caught two people causing the turmoil.

"As soon as I was about to put my key in, I just hear something come behind me real fast and I jumped and turned around and I had a big gun in my face," said victim Margaret Watkins.

Watkins and her 5-year-old daughter were held up at gunpoint in their own driveway by a man wearing a mask.

"I'm holding my baby ... then he was like, 'Turn around, turn around.' I guess my daughter was still looking at him, he put the gun in her head," said Watkins. "And then he asks me the pin code to my bank card and I gave it to him. I was so scared I couldn't even lie."

Watkins says she's grateful to be alive, but she's definitely making some changes.

"I added locks, but I think I'm going to get some cameras," said Watkins.

Officials arrested the two teens and charged them with aggravated robbery, among other charges, Friday afternoon.

A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft. Police say additional charges may be filed.

According to police, officers found the 17-year-old suspect inside a stolen 2011 Chevy Malibu in the 2800 block of East Brentwood Circle on Friday afternoon. The suspect ran away, but police caught up with him shortly afterwards and arrested him.

The suspect's tattoo on his right hand between his thumb and finger matched the description of a man wanted in regards to several driveway robberies in South Memphis and Whitehaven.

Across town in Germantown, neighbors are still on high alert. WMC Action News 5 spoke with police who say they're trying to find the criminals responsible for a string of similar armed driveway robberies there.

Police say it does not appear that the driveway robberies in Germantown and Whitehaven are related.

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