3 men rob, assault child over $3

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A child was assaulted and robbed Friday morning while walking to school, according to Memphis Police Department.

Officers said three men robbed the 12-year-old on Townes Avenue in the Nutbush area around 8 a.m.

"My father called. He said a little boy had got jumped...robbed over $3," neighbor Chastity White said.

The men drove up beside the boy, jumped out, beat him, and stole his lunch money.

"He was shocked. He was scared. He was bloody...he didn't know, really, he was scared," White said.

White said he was able to walk home, but then the child was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.

"He's a real smart boy," White said. "He don't cause no problems. He's friendly."

MPD said it arrested two of the men who may be responsible for the robbery. The third suspect remains at large.

WMC5 was able to find one camera facing the street from a store in that area. We are checking with officers to find out whether it could help in the investigation.

White didn't want to identify the little boy or his family's name, but she said she has known them for years and wants the people responsible for this brazen crime to be put behind bars.

"It could happen to you," White said. "It could happen you walk to the store or school and you never know."

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