Man Charged With Trying To Kidnap & Assault Woman In Cooper-Young

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Memphis Police say a man has been arrested, accused of assaulting and trying to kidnap a woman in Cooper Young.

Odie Battles, 34, is charged with assault, criminal attempt to wit aggravated sexual battery, and criminal attempt to wit aggravated kidnapping.

It happened about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 2200 block of Evelyn. Police say a woman was jogging in the area when she noticed a man, later identified as Battles, with his hand in his pants grabbing his genitals. She told police the man followed her, grabbing her from behind and pressing his body against her, causing them to fall to the ground. The woman told police she fought with Battles until she was able to escape.

Police say witnesses on the scene were able to point out Battles as the suspect to responding officers.

Battles is due in court Friday.

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