Couple severely beaten in Downtown Memphis by group of men

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A young couple was severely beaten while walking in Downtown Memphis on Friday morning.

Memphis Police Department said the couple was jumped by a group of four men around 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of North Main Street and Exchange Avenue.

The victims are in their 20s. They are now at Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Investigators said four men attacked and severely beat the couple as they were walking down the street. The couple's car went missing, but investigators later found the car and determined the attackers did not take it.

Officers are still trying to determine what the couple was doing before they were attacked, why the couple was attacked, and who attacked the couple.

Initial reports suggested the couple had recently left a concert on Beale Street when they were attacked. Investigators now say they are not sure if that happened.

The incident has a couple visiting from Scotland feeling uneasy.

"It's quite disappointing, because it's a beautiful city," Paul Smith said.

It's Smith and Vikki Williams' first time in the Bluff City, but now they say they're not sure they'd come back

"We were looking forward to coming here," Williams said.

Residents like Sharonda Solomon said the crime has her concerned she can't bring her little one to fun events in the city.

"It's no black and white but it's still a gray area," Solomon said. "You shouldn't be out at that time of night; however, you should be able to come here and have a good time without being assaulted or without being murdered."

Solomon said she doesn't want the city she loves to be known for violent crime and vicious attacks.

"You don't want bad things to happen to you when you come to Memphis, and I don't want Memphis to continue to be known for that," Solomon said.

Memphis Police are digging through surveillance video footage in an attempt to catch the people responsible. As of now, MPD has not released any video footage in connection with the crime.

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