KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two men were arrested after a carjacking in a parking garage downtown Knoxville Monday night. Both suspects now face additional charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery for a separate incident in the same garage the Friday before.
Leviantay H. Pryor and Terion Scales were both charged with aggravated robbery and carjacking. Police said two women were getting into their car at around 11:55 p.m. Monday in Market Square parking garage when Pryor and Scales approached them.
One of the victims said a gun was pointed to her head and a knife was pointed at her friend’s back. She said they took $200 in cash, a cell phone and their car.
“Both suspects were armed, one had a gun one had a knife they demanded the money, cell phones and the vehicle from the victims,” said Darrel DeBusk with Knoxville Police. “The victims did comply which is what they should’ve done.”
Nearly 30-minutes later, the suspects were in police custody thanks to security cameras in the parking garage. Knoxville police say while it’s very unusual for carjackings that aren’t drug-related to happen in Knoxville, crime really knows no borders.
“Unfortunately things can happen at anytime, anywhere at any place that’s just the way society is now,” said Debusk. “Not just Knoxville but all across the country.”
Gabriella Santa works in Market Square and was downtown the night the carjacking happened. “It freaked me out because I was parked in the Market Square garage and so I had a friend walk me to my car,” said Santa.
Captain Bob Wooldridge with Knoxville Police Department’s Safety Education Unit said anyone who feels unsafe should walk with someone. He also hopes people will report any behavior that doesn’t seem quite right.
“If you see something, say something,” said Captain Wooldridge. “We’d much rather come out and check out an individual and have it be nothing instead of coming out and somebody’s a victim of a crime.”
- Backing your car into your parking spot so you can easily pull out
- Walking with your keys in hand
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Try and stay in well lit areas
- If you ever are confronted with a dangerous situation, run, getaway if you can, hide if possible and if it’s your only option and you’re able to, fight back.