Man wanted for waving knife around Overton Square

Man wanted for waving knife around Overton Square

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police are searching for a man wanted for waving a knife around in Overton Square.

Police said the encounter occurred while the area was packed for Fat Tuesday.

Shawn Johnson's "Black Girls Run" group meets at the Overton Square Breakaway every Tuesday. She said she was unaware of the man accused of threatening people with a knife.

"I think it's horrible," Johnson said.

Memphis police said "the unknown male was aggressively brandishing the knife."

A security guard saw the man and tried to detain him. The security guard said the man appeared to be drunk.

He said an older man grabbed the suspect during the confrontation, placed him in a white sedan and took off.

"It just seems like there's an issue anywhere you go now," Johnson said.

Overton Square visitors said this is another reminder to be vigilant wherever you are.

"Whether it's morning, noon, or night, you just have to be aware of your surroundings," Johnson said. "That's pretty much all you can do."

Police do not know what the man's motives may have been, but they are trying to identify him.

If you know where this man may be or who he is, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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