NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A husband and wife who were in Nashville for cancer treatments were carjacked at gunpoint outside the Midtown facility that housed the couple Wednesday morning.
It happened at the American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge, located at 2008 Charlotte Ave., around 12:30 a.m.
The couple lives in Cincinnati and travel to Nashville weekly for treatment.
The Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and their families during their course of treatment.
Police told News 2 a black male approached the woman with a silver handgun and demanded she hand over her keys and purse.
The Dodge Durango Citadel was recovered a short time later in north Nashville. The purse was not inside the SUV.
Police described the suspect as a black male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, age 18 to 25, wearing light blue jeans and a red bandana over his face.
Monday afternoon, the American Cancer Society released a statement regarding the incident. It said, in full:
We are shocked and saddened by this incident and are thankful no one was hurt. The safety and security of our Hope Lodge guests, volunteers and staff is of utmost importance to the American Cancer Society. We are working closely with law enforcement, and they will provide any updates they feel are appropriate. As law enforcement says, talking about criminal investigations can jeopardize those investigations. We will share more information as soon as we are able.
Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.