Apartment intruder at-large after raping, robbing 2 women and te - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Apartment intruder at-large after raping, robbing 2 women and teen

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A man with a gun forced his way into a Memphis home; police said he then sexually assaulted and robbed three women.

It happened Sunday morning in the Mill Creek Apartments in the 4000 block of Mill Stream Drive. Monday, several police cars and officers in bulletproof vests patrolled the area.

Memphis police said the women were 43-, 22-, and 14-years-old.

Neighbors at the Mill Creek Apartments said they no longer feel safe. They said this incident is one of many that make them afraid to go outside, but they will feel safer when this man is caught.

"I stay in the house and stuff," said 11-year-old resident Aryca Scott. "My mama told me don't go around the corner by myself."

Neighbors added that security leaves at 1 a.m. They said with security gone, it is easier for people to enter the complex through the exit gates that are meant to keep them out.

"Angry, because this could have been my mom, sister, and aunt," one resident who did not want to be identified said. "I mean, that could have been anyone I know. The simple fact is you rush into someone's home and take something that's not yours. The simple fact that you came into this neighborhood makes me want to pack up and go somewhere else."

Police said they've responded to calls at the complex over a thousand times in the past year, including four reports of sexual assault since April.

Tenant Latonya Boone said that she has an escort when she leaves for work in the morning.

“I have my husband come downstairs and watch me get in the car,” Boone said. “I ain't going to lie, I have a gun. I do.”

Police do not know if the four sexual assault reports are connected.

Additionally, a woman found squatting in a vacant apartment jumped a fence with a 3-month-old in her arms at the end of May."They should not only bump up security and also the criteria for residents, period," the anonymous Mill Creek Apartments resident said. "I feel completely unsafe."

Property managers said they added more cameras, lighting, and fences to the complex. They're also enforcing their anti-trespassing policy more strictly.

Monday night, security officers checked every vehicle as they entered the apartment complex.

Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong released the following statement Monday:

“The residents in this area must remain observant and aware of their surroundings. If anything out of the ordinary occurs or any suspicious activity is noticed, the police should be contacted. We are utilizing every resource that we have available to track down and apprehend the responsible party.”

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.

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