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Mom And 1-Year-Old Son Allegedly Kidnapped At Gunpoint In Target Parking Lot, Authorities Say

Memphis authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of two kidnapping suspects.

By Dorian Geiger
The kidnapping suspects from the Memphis Target

A mother and her child were abducted and robbed by two men at gunpoint while loading groceries into a vehicle at Target in Tennessee, according to reports.

On Aug. 31, Memphis police officers were dispatched to a Target at around noon on Highway 64 after receiving reports of an armed abduction, police said.

The victim, who hasn’t been identified, told authorities she’d been putting her groceries in her car with her young son when two males approached them brandishing a pistol. 

The two men allegedly forced the mother and her son into their vehicle and drove to a bank near Highway 64. At the bank, roughly a half mile away, the pair of suspects ordered the woman to pull out $800 from the ATM, WMC-TV reported. The two men later released her and her son. They were unharmed in the incident.

No arrests have been made following the incident. It’s unclear how long the mother and her child were being held against their will. Authorities are scrambling to identify the two suspected thieves, who are now wanted for kidnapping and aggravated assault, WABC-TV reported.

The Memphis Kidnapping Suspects Car at Target

Surveillance footage from a nearby Walmart captured images of the two men. Police said the men in question were inside the Walmart prior to carrying out the alleged abduction and robbery. Law enforcement has also released an image of the suspect’s vehicle used in the alleged kidnapping.

Crime Stoppers of Memphis and Shelby County Inc. have since issued a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the two suspects.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to the open case is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.