Police release sketch of suspect who kidnapped MPD officer

Police have released a composite sketch of the suspect who kidnapped a Memphis Police officer early Sunday morning.

The suspect is described as a black man between 25 and 27-years-old.

He is about 5-foot-10 with a medium build, a medium to dark complexion and short hair.

He’s wearing a white T-shirt, possibly with a blue design, and blue jeans.

His car is a late-model silvery or gray van or crossover SUV, police said.

The victim, 31-year-old Latoya McCoy, told police she was walking home from Celtic Crossing in Cooper Young while on the phone with her boyfriend when a man pulled up next to her in a silver van at Poplar and Hollywood.

She said the man got out of the van, grabbed her and put a knife to her neck.

McCoy said she fought back until he was able to push her into the van.

With the knife still to her neck, she said the suspect began to drive south on Hollywood.

Due to the things he said, McCoy told police she figured out the man planned to take her over the bridge to Arkansas.

Detectives said as the van was on I-55 approaching the bridge, she was able to jump out, but not before she said the man “pulled out a portion of her hair.”

The suspect started to chase her, but by that time truckers in the area had seen what was going on and yelled at the man to leave her alone.

McCoy suffered injuries to hands, back, feet and elbows.

WREG asked Memphis Police Deputy Director Mike Ryall if the public should be concerned about the suspect on the loose.

“Should the public be concerned? I think the public needs to be very vigilant anywhere they go,” he said.

Ryall said people should always be aware of their surroundings and should have a plan.

“We need to have a plan. We need to have an escape plan,” he said.

Jordan Howard with the Family Safety Center agreed.

She recommended staying off your phone or being distracted when walking in unfamiliar places.

She also suggested investing in pepper spray.

She said this is a scary case and it makes people even more uneasy a police officer was the victim.

“I thought it was terrifying because you’re dealing with somebody who knows self defense and it really shows it can happen to anybody,” she said.