Attack suspect arrested after two women fight back

Attack suspect arrested after two women fight back
Anderson Clark (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Anderson Clark (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis man is in jail after two women reportedly fought back as they were being attacked.

According to police, Anderson Clark is accused of jumping out from behind bushes and using a knife to attack two women who were out walking a dog.

The affidavit of complaint reveals Clark threatened to "kill their dog, them and their families and came within three feet of them waiving a knife and lunging at them."

Surveillance video of the area shows one woman walking a dog on Poplar Avenue near McLean Boulevard when a figure across the street sprints through the frame.

Within three minutes, the first police car arrives and officers capture the suspect on the scene.

Police say that suspect is Anderson Clark and they say they were able to catch him because the women fought back and held him in place until police could arrive.

Several people told Action News 5 that they are accustomed to unusual foot traffic through the neighborhood but they say nothing will diminish their allegiance.

"It's a great place to live," said Malcolm Clingam, who lives in Midtown. "Got all the convenience of everything you need. I haven't left the loop in years."

Clark is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and is being held in jail on a $40,000 bond.

He has a criminal record in Shelby County with arrests for aggravated assault and panhandling.

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