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Downtown bank employee attacked by customer

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An employee in the First Tennessee building at Madison and South Third in downtown Memphis was attacked by a customer late Monday morning.

According to police, the chaos started around 10:30 Monday morning, when a former bank customer entered the bank to inquire about his account.  Soon, a scuffle broke out between the customer and the employee.

"The individual walks in and he has business," said Major D.L. Sheffield of the Memphis Police Department. "After he starts to engage in the business, the altercation occurred."

According to First Tennessee, the customer stabbed the bank employee with a pair of scissors.

"While they were trying to detain the subject, one of the security guards was bitten. He is non-critical," Sheffield said.

Authorities arrested the customer while the employee was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

The situation that left other bank employees and customers on guard.

"I'm always concerned about people doing something to me no matter where I am, so it's no different here," bank employee Ron Bastek said.

"It's not surprising at all with all these people walking around down here, but I feel pretty safe walking in and out of here," added Terry Royston, a bank customer. "I've been banking here for quite a while."

Late Monday afternoon, a First Tennessee spokesperson said the injured employee is on the road to recovery.  The bank is not releasing his name out of respect for his privacy.

So far, charges are still pending against the suspect.

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