Homeless man charged in brutal Downtown attack - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Homeless man charged in brutal Downtown attack

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A homeless man is accused of kidnapping, raping and robbing a female worker at a Downtown office complex.

44-year-old Lewis Young talked his 56-year-old victim into letting him use the restroom in her office.

According to court records, the woman let Young in because he was a familiar face. She had seen him doing various jobs for other tenants in the office complex.  

Attorney Randy Pierce immediately recognized the homeless man from his mugshot.

"I think that's awful," said Pierce, who works across the street from where the crime happened.

He says he once paid Young to wash his car.

"In the past, he's expressed a willingness to work," he said.
    
Young is accused of attacking the woman, binding her hands with a curling iron cord and raping her in the restroom.

Police said he then slammed her head so hard against the commode, the seat broke.
    
They said Young got away with the victim's cash and credit cards before authorities caught up with him.
    
"Of course, I don't know if he's guilty, but if he is, he certainly deserves to be punished," said Pierce.
     
Young has a 100-page criminal history, which prompted Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin to issue the following statement:

"This is a prime example of what is wrong with our justice system. The legislative body in Nashville has had opportunity after opportunity to fix this problem with tougher sentencing. They have failed to address our concerns, and now another victim is scarred."

 

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