Emergency phone out of order where U of M student was assaulted

Man accused of grabbing woman in U of M parking lot

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Students on the University of Memphis campus are on alert after campus police said a man assaulted a woman early Monday morning.

It happened around 12:00 a.m. in a parking lot near the intersection of Patterson Street and Southern Avenue, which is near an off-campus apartment complex.

"It is getting tiring because we deal with so much crime in this area," Memphis student Tori Thompson said.

Thompson said the news of last night's attack spread fast across campus.

"Living in this area does make you really cautious of where you are at all times," she said. "As a woman, we have to guard ourselves everyplace we go in a place that is supposed to be safe for students."

Police said the suspect approached a woman, grabbed her arm, and made a sexual demand. She was able to get away without being injured.

The closest emergency phone to where the incident happened is out of service, which is another reason students are so worried.

Students are taking precautions in light of the attack.

"I try to stay where the light is at all time and stay on the phone," Janeisha Dunlap said.

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call University of Memphis Police at 678-HELP.

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