As a garbage truck driver for the city of Memphis, Brenda Brown sees things most people don't want to see.
"It's kind of scary when you see stuff and you know what's about to happen," she said.
What she saw Monday morning on Orleans Street was a teenage girl with an older man.
"I felt him doing wrong by her by look in her eyes," Brown said. "I could tell she was afraid of him."
As she watched, Brown said, the two begin to struggle.
"She was trying to get away from him, and he kind of made her hug him back, and that's what made me knew something was going on," Brown said.
Brown thought the man was about to rape the girl. She alerted her partner as the girl and her attacker disappeared from view.
"She and I ran into the empty house, doing all we can," she said. "Making noise, throwing bricks, hollering 'We the police!'"
They also called 911, but it was too late.
"He come from the back, zippin' his pants up," Brown said.
The man ran away, leaving his victim broken and battered.
"She came from behind the house crying," Brown said. "We went to embrace her. She screamed, 'Don't nobody touch me, please!'"
Brown said the girl's attacker was wearing a gray t-shirt, jean shorts, tub socks, and white tennis shoes. Brown said she identified with the victim because events in her past made it easy to remember what the suspect looked like.
"I have a daughter, and to be honest, I been where that baby was," she said. "I been there, and when you've been raped, you don't forget stuff."
Brown said even with the painful memories it brought up, she was grateful, believing God had prepared her for what happened Monday.
"Got put me where I was needed at that moment, and I'm glad he did, 'cause she might not be here.," Brown said, speaking of the victim.
Memphis Police said late Tuesday afternoon that they had not yet identified the girls attacker, but they were investigating several leads in the case.