Police Investigate String Of Armed East Nashville Carjackings

Posted at 5:55 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-28 20:57:56-05

Metro Police are investigating three armed carjackings that happened in a span of two hours within a few blocks of each other. The first happened on 8th Street around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday evening, a second happened 15 minutes later on Boscobel, and the third incident happened at 6:30 on 8th Street.

"I noticed a group of people walking in my mirror," said Cory Herring. "But it's a normal thing to see people walking when I'm in my car on break. I wasn't thinking anything about it."

Herring works at Turnip Truck, an all natural grocery store in East Nashville, and said employees typically park on the streets nearby.

He noticed a group of six, young black people, including five males and one female, walking toward his car around 6:30 p.m.

"The girl came up to the passenger side window and I rolled it down a little to see what she wanted," Herring said. "She asked for a cigarette. When I started to say no I looked to my right and saw a guy with a gun."

Herring said a second male also pulled out a gun, forcing him out of his car. The group took his car keys, wallet, and phone.

"There was nothing I could do. They both had guns, I wasn't going to do anything stupid," he said.

The group took off inside his 2002 gold, four-door Honda Accord. Police said Herring's story matches both of the other carjacking reported Tuesday night.

"I was alone in my car and on my phone," Herring said. "That's probably why I was targeted."

Police have not located Herring's car or made any arrests.