CARUTHERSVILLE -- A Memphis, Tenn., car jacking suspect was caught on Interstate 55 early today by authorities in Pemiscot County.
According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, at 2:10 a.m. today Missouri State Highway Patrol alerted the department in Caruthersville of a car jacking that occurred in Memphis. Reportedly a man had a weapon and was holding a woman and her three small children against their will and believed to be traveling along I-55. The vehicle was described as a 1998 Buick Park Avenue bearing a Missouri license plate.
At 2:52 a.m. Pemiscot County deputies observed a vehicle fitting the car description and matching the license plate number traveling north bound on I-55 from the two-mile marker. An investigative stop was activated at the north bound rest area at the three-mile marker.
The stop revealed the suspect as Timothy Dewayne Rankins, and authorities found Mable Ross and her three children inside the vehicle. A loaded 357 magnum pistol was also located in the trunk of the vehicle.
Rankins, who has a parole violation out of California with the original charge of forcible rape, was taken to Pemiscot County Justice Center for processing, where he is being held without bond, awaiting extrication back to California. Additional charges are expected to be filed at a later date through the Pemiscot County Prosecuting Attorney's office.