Cordova stabbing, robbery suspect arrested

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man is in jail, facing a lengthy list of charges after a crime spree, including multiple stabbings, in Cordova.

The crimes began around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Kroger and McDonald's near Macon and Houston Levee.

The 21-year-old suspect stabbed a teen as he was leaving Kroger.

"How are you going to guard against something like this? The guy walked up behind some guy walking out of the store and stabbed him with a butcher knife just coming out of Kroger," Shelby County Sheriff PIO Earle Farrell said.

He then went to McDonald's where he stabbed another victim and carjacked an Infiniti from a different victim.

The victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The suspect was driving on Walnut Grove near Hope Church when he drove toward security guards who were assisting with traffic.

One guard fired at the suspect, disabling the vehicle.

"He wouldn't pull over. And there were a number of cars behind him," Farrell said.

Memphis Police Department chased and caught the suspect near Southern and Greer where he flipped the stolen vehicle after turning down a dead end road.

"I just heard a big boom and I came to the door, and I just seen the truck on it's side and the street full of police. He didn't have a chance to run. He came out the top of the window. The dog had went in and brought him out," a witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

SCSO doesn't yet know why the suspect did any of this. The motive is still under investigation.

"I'm just glad y'all got him because if it had been on a day when it had been hot, my grandkids be outside, everybody be outside--especially the little ones out there, and they could have been playing right out there and the car could have come up in the yard," neighbor Lela Batts said.

Joshua Harris is in jail, connected to the crimes. He faces the following charges:

  • Especially aggravated robbery (3 counts)
  • Aggravated assault (2 counts)
  • Attempted first-degree murder (3 counts)
  • Theft of property $1,000-2,500
  • Attempted carjacking
  • Attempted especially aggravated robbery
  • Attempted theft of property $10,000-$60,000

"That's terrible, terrible," Cordova resident Vera Scott said. "Shocking!"

Shoppers at the Cordova Kroger were a little on edge hearing about the violence.

"Kinda shocked and everything," Cordova resident Glenn Parks said. "But I'm not surprised because we have a lot of things going on over here before."

Less than two weeks ago, a trio of suspects is accused of stealing purses at a different Cordova Kroger on Germantown Parkway in a crime spree.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been two aggravated assaults, two burglaries, and 13 reported auto thefts within a 1-mile radius of the Houston Levee Kroger.

"We just need to be more aware of our surroundings as citizens, and also provide more security around here," Cordova resident Eric Mcferren said.

Monday morning, a Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy installed a SkyCop camera in the parking lot for additional security.

"With more police presence, I think crime will be cut down," Mcferren said.

One man, who didn't want to be identified, works at the Total Wireless next to the Kroger.

"Honestly, scared," he said.  I open Sundays, I honestly was open half of the day."

He said this incident has changed the way he feels about the area.

"I went to go fill up gas," he said. "I was looking around before, at that gas station, looking around making sure that somebody don't come stab me while getting out of my car because that lady, that's all she was doing, was getting out of her car and she got stabbed while getting out."

He said he's taking a drastic step to make sure he's safe.

"I have definitely a gun now in my store," he said. "Oh yeah, wouldn't you?"

While this man was frightened by the violence outside his work, he said he isn't afraid to defend himself or others if he has no other choice.

"I want to give a message, to all the bad people," he said. "There is good people out here, and we're going to fight you."

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