Violent Crime Increased During The First Four Months of 2017

MEMPHIS, TENN ( - According to the Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission, violent crime increased during the first four months of 2017 compared to the same time last year.

These new numbers represent horrific moments people may or may not live to tell about.

Mugged in the middle of the afternoon in the driveway of her Cooper-Young home.

Denise Wakeman says she was unloading groceries from her car. 

"I just heard a noise behind me, and I turned around, and he was coming at me full force," said Wakeman.

Wakeman says the thief demanded her wallet and pinned her to a wall of the house next door.

"He did reach out and grab my throat at one point," she says.

Wakeman says she fell to the ground, pushed her wallet towards him and the man ran off.

The  Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission report classifies Wakeman's assault and robbery as a major violent crime, which also includes murder and rape.

Newly released crime stats for the first four months of 2017 show major violent crimes spiked by  4.4 % in Memphis and 4.2 % in Shelby County compared to 2016.

Rapes increased 22.4 % in Memphis and in Shelby County 22.6 %.

The murder rate remains the same compared to last year, which was the deadliest year ever in Memphis.

A statistic Wakeman is thankful she's not a part of because she knows it could have been worse.

"He laid hands on me which that is definitely terrifying," said Wakeman. "It was terrifying."

Major property crimes also increased this year with auto theft up nearly 50%.     

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