Robber to victim near UofM: ‘I ought to rape you’

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is behind bars after admitting to robbing two women near the University of Memphis campus.

At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Memphis Police Department said Michael Hurst, 27, approached a woman as she walked to her apartment on Southern Avenue.

According to the police report, Hurst approached the woman, pointed a handgun at her head, and said "I ought to rape you." He then asked for money and took the ID holder from around her neck. She handed over the $1.50 she had before he pushed her down and threw her ID holder before leaving.

"It's definitely evil. It's nothing good about it," neighbor Vanessa Proctor said.

A half hour later, officers said Hurst approached a Memphis student on Patterson Street. He put the gun to her head and demanded money. He then took the woman's purse with $50 inside.

"She said she remained calm and put together and just got out her wallet and handed it to him," the student's friend, Emily Redd, said.

Hurst was caught shortly afterward and admitted to both crimes. He is charged with aggravated robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.

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