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Suspect captured in park kidnapping attack

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A kidnapping suspect is now in custody after a violent attack at a local park.

September 5 around 9 a.m., officers responded to the area of Martyrs Park, located at 655 Riverside Drive, after receiving information that a female had been attacked.

Police found a 36-year-old woman, whose identity has been concealed, with multiple abrasions and lacerations about her face and chest area. The victim was transported by ambulance to Methodist University Hospital in non-critical condition.

It was later determined that the suspect in the attack was 31-year-old Lepear Grissom.

According to investigators, the victim was jogging in Martyrs Park when Grissom confronted her. He elbowed her and struck her repeatedly in the face. During the attack, the male ordered her to be quiet and go with him. Grissom then dragged her by the hair towards the parking lot. Witnesses heard the victim yelling, so they came to help and Grissom ran away.

"I came down here to have peace of mind, did not think anything like that would happen," said Grady Stedham, who visits the park often.

Neighbors said over the years, the park has become a hangout for some homeless people.

"We get a lot of people coming down here doing drugs," said Graham Motherwell, who lives nearby. “It's just been an accumulation, the beers, the people you see out here at night and everything"

One neighbor who walks through the park often said she believes she saw Grissom hanging around in the park.

"I saw a person who looked like that sitting on a bench,” she said.

Though he is behind bars, she plans on taking safety precautions.

"It can happen anywhere," she said. “Makes me want to stay where there are more people and cameras."

Grissom is in custody and charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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