Two women attacked in Cooper Young warn others to be vigilant

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Two victims in Cooper-Young said there are many similarities between their attacks that happened in the last month.

One of the victims, Maria, 46, said a suspect “drop kicked her, dragged her, and kidnapped her” before she fought for her life and escaped near the 2200 block of Young Avenue. 

According to police reports, Maria was brutally attacked on June 5th around 9:30p.m. during a walk through her neighborhood. Her attacker sprung out his car and drop kicked her at gunpoint before dragging her to his car. 

Just a few weeks later on June 28th, another woman was attacked at gunpoint near East Parkway and Central.

David Collins’ 18-year-old daughter had a similar attack to Maria’s and said his daughter is terrified after what happened. 

“She’s very shaken up, distraught. She hears the doorbell ring and she shakes,” Collins said. 

His daughter was dragged at gunpoint and beaten up during a walk just a little before 1:00 a.m. Collins’ daughter was able to fight off her attacker and run away before she called 911. 

“The fact that he had followed her,” Maria said. “The fact that she had saw that he followed her and had seen that the car had been following her, the fact that he had jumped out of the car, the mask.”

Maria said the suspect was wearing a long, bandana-like scarf over his face to try to cover his identity. 

“He took a left on Cooper and that’s when he started messing with his mask and he started driving fast,” Maria said. “I looked over at the same time he did, we saw that the lock was unlocked at the same time. He reaches over me and locks it.”

Maria was able to escape from the car and ran to a neighbor’s house to find safety when she was able to call 911. 

According to police reports, two men were robbed, in early May, near the intersection of Cooper and Young near Cafe Ole. These men were robbed just after midnight on May 7th while walking back to their car. In the police reports, both men only had minor injuries, but they described the suspects wearing “black bandanas” over their faces. 

Maria said she and her neighbors want more safety for their beloved neighborhood. 

“I don’t want this to happen to other people,” Maria said. “We need somebody to take action now. We need more lights we need more cameras. We need more police force right here right now.”

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