Blind woman dragged, robbed in Midtown attack - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Blind woman dragged, robbed in Midtown attack

A blind woman and her mother were beaten and robbed outside a home in Midtown Memphis late Tuesday morning.

Wednesday night, Linda Emery still had a huge gash on her head where she was kicked by her attacker.  During the incident, her wrist was broken and her shoulder was dislocated.  It happened after a man surprised Linda and her mother, Ona, at the back door of her home after they returned from shopping.

"He reached down and grabbed both purses," Ona Emery said.

Linda, who is blind, didn't know what was happening.

"I feel this grab on my purse, and I'm thinking, 'What is going on?  Did I get it hung in a door?'"

The women said the man dragged Linda all the way down the ramp leading to their home.  Ona didn't get a good look at their attacker, but watched him drive away in a red car.

Linda realized she had been mugged when she heard her mother screaming.

"I heard Mom running down the street screaming for help, and I thought 'Have we been attacked by a mugger?'" she said.

Linda was both angry and happy to be alive.

"You feel like your dignity has been trampled on," she said. "You feel quite vulnerable and quite angry."

The women said the man got away with a mere 30 dollars - they had no credit cards in their purses.

Linda Emery will likely have to have surgery following the attack.  Her mother was not hurt.

Officials said the robbery was similar to others that have happened in Midtown's Vollintine-Evergreen area.


Click here to send an email to Janice Broach.
  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    MPD investigates double homicide on W. Peebles Rd.

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:53:35 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a possible double homicide on West Peebles Road.  

    More >>

    Memphis Police Department is investigating a double homicide on West Peebles Road.  A major with the MPD confirmed that two people are dead after a shooting.  We're hearing from multiple family members that a brother of one of the victims, a 62-year-old man, said the two men got into an argument. One opened fire, hitting the first victim. He then went out to his car, came back to the home and shot the other man, killing him. We have a crew on the scene and updat...

    More >>
  • TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    TN lawmakers speak on failed healthcare bill

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:44 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:44:57 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>

    Tennessee lawmakers are sharing their thoughts on Friday’s failed healthcare bill overhauling Obamacare.  

    More >>
  • Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Tri-State Defender celebrates 65 years

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:30:41 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>

    A longtime newspaper in the Mid-South is celebrating a big milestone. The Tri-State Defender celebrated its 65th anniversary with a Leaders and Legends gala on Saturday night. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Driver sought in crash that killed three children

    Sunday, March 26 2017 2:11 AM EDT2017-03-26 06:11:41 GMT
    File photoFile photo

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who ran away from the scene of a deadly crash in George County. Three children were killed in the crash. Troopers said a green 2003 Kia Optima was heading east on Highway 198, east of Depot Road, shortly before 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly