Suspects arrested in attempted downtown robberies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Suspects arrested in attempted downtown robberies

(WMC-TV) - 20-year-old Terrell Adair and 19-year-old Delphi Neal are both under arrest, accused of the attempted robberies on Main Street.

Four other juveniles were also arrested in connection with the downtown incidents.

"It's a lot of people down here and you just don't expect anything like that to happen," said Jasmine Peete, who lives in the neighborhood.

"It's crazy," added Brian Dodson, another resident.

The first incident happened Sunday night around 9:30 at Union Avenue and Main Street.

The investigation revealed two men, both in their 40s, were walking on Main Street when they were physically assaulted by six male suspects who demanded money.  After the assault, the suspects fled the scene without taking anything.  One victim was treated for minor injuries by paramedics.

A short time later, a 37 year old man was walking in an alley near Main Street and Madison Avenue when he was approached by five men.  The suspects surrounded him and demanded money.  Again, they were unable to get money from the victim and fled.

The situation has left many residents, who are used to the hustle and bustle of the busy downtown area, on guard.

"It's a lot of cops around here and everything," said Dodson. "It is scary, so everybody just stay together and don't go off by yourself."

Jasmine Peete agrees.

"You need to walk with people. You don't need to walk alone. I don't walk down here by myself, especially at night," she said.

One of the victims of the robberies was from North Charleston, SC.  Investigators say all of the suspects responsible for the robberies were members of the street gang "The Bloods".

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