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3 Arrested After Armed Carjacking Of Off-Duty Cop

Memphis, TN – Three people have been arrested in the armed carjacking of an off-duty Memphis police officer on July 1.

The officer told Memphis police detectives that two armed men came up to his car with guns in the 1700-block of Myrna Lane and ordered him out of his vehicle, WHBQ reported.

The suspects held the off-duty officer at gunpoint while they robbed him of his wallet.

Then they fled in the officer’s car, a 2017 white Chevy Malibu, WHBQ reported.

There was a Memphis Police Department ballistic vest inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

Records showed that an armed robbery was reported the next day in the 100-block of Mt. Moriah, WHBQ reported.

The victim told police that he was run off the road on July 2 by two armed men in a white Chevy Malibu at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Holmes Road.

Records showed the victim said that one of the suspects posed as a police officer and was wearing a Memphis police bulletproof vest, WHBQ reported.

He said the men ordered him out of his 2006 Ford Mustang and robbed him of the cash in his pocket.

However, police said the victim told them the men couldn’t get his Mustang in gear to steal it, WHBQ reported.

The robbers fled with the victim’s Nike backpack.

Later the same day, police found the officer’s stolen Malibu in the possession of 21-year-old Arnold Rubi in the 4600-block of Quince Road, WREG reported.

Police said Rubi admitted to carjacking the off-duty officer but claimed his accomplice had been the one who tried to steal the Mustang on Lamar Avenue earlier in the day.

He was arrested and charged with multiple crimes including aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, and carjacking, WREG reported.

Officers received a tip the same day that Rubi’s accomplice was in a Chrysler 200 in the 3900-block of Macon Road, WHBQ reported.

The arrest affidavit showed that officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Chrysler, but its driver – later identified as Jermaine Kimbrough – refused to stop.

Police said Kimbrough fled and drove dangerously, forcing officers to abandon the pursuit, WHBQ reported.

Detectives later found the Chrysler parked at a motel in the 2500-block of Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

The motel’s desk clerk identified the driver and pointed officers to his hotel room, WHBQ reported.

But when officers arrived at Room 204, Kimbrough jumped out the window and fled with the stolen backpack and a red purse, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police chased him on foot and caught him, WHBQ reported.

The arrest affidavit said officers found the stolen Memphis police ballistic vest inside the backpack Kimbrough was carrying.

Investigators connected the red purse in his possession to a home invasion reported in Southaven, Mississippi, WHBQ reported.

Kimbrough was arrested and charged with multiple crimes including carjacking and two counts of aggravated robbery.

The arrest affidavit said Rubi told investigators that 20-year-old Aurora Villalba Cruz had driven them to do the carjacking, WHBQ reported.

Police records showed that when questioned, Cruz admitted to participating in the carjacking and the robbery.

She was arrested and charged with carjacking, employment of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony, and aggravated robbery, WHBQ reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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