NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s not a new tactic, but it’s a crime that catches drivers off guard and appears to be making a comeback in Middle Tennessee.
For the second time in less than a week, criminals have rear-ended an unsuspecting victim’s car, which is often referred to as “bump and run” or “bump and rob.”
In both cases, the suspects carjacked the victims at gunpoint as they got out of their cars to inspect damage and to exchange insurance information.
The first incident, last Thursday morning, involved a female as she was pulled into an Antioch apartment complex.
A similar incident Monday morning occurred at a Priest Lake-area gas station.
In both cases, the suspects were armed with guns.
News 2 spoke with a former Metro police investigator to get advice on what a driver should do if they find themselves in a similar incident.
“Stay in the car and call 911,” advised former investigator and owner of the Academy of Personal Protection and Security Buford Tune. “If you have to, drive off, but do not get out of that car and expose yourself. Keep your doors locked. If you feel like something is not right, trust your gut, floor board it and drive off.”
Tune also said it’s up to people to keep an eye out and be aware of their surroundings.
“Pay attention to the cars around you. They just didn’t suddenly pick you. They saw your car and they started watching it. They probably have followed you for several blocks and watched your movement while they tried to see what’s in the car and everything else,” said Tune.
In both recent bump and runs, the victims were shaken but not physically hurt.
The suspects in each case are described as a light-skinned black male with dreadlocks and a male with a darker complexion.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.