79-year-old attacked at St. Peter Manor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

79-year-old attacked at St. Peter Manor

St. Peter Manor in Midtown is supposed to be a safe-haven. But Monday, residents were still reacting to news of a weekend attack there.

"It's a shock," said one man.

A 79 year-old woman was stabbed in the face with a fork during an attempted robbery there Saturday afternoon. It happened in the woman's third floor apartment. Monday, Memphis police released surveillance video of the man they say did it. He was wearing a jersey with the number 84 on it.

"We have surveillance cameras and we have security guards on the premises," said manager Mary Dowling.

St. Peter Manor is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

"To see one of these people hurt in this way is very disturbing to me," Dowling said.

According to Dowling, the suspect got in by lying to the front desk. He gave them the number of an apartment he said he was going to visit. He was even given a badge. Apparently, he checked several doors before coming to one that was unlocked.

"I don't know who the lady was, what happened, I don't know nothing," said resident Janice McCorkle.

Some residents say management could have done a better job notifying them.

"I think everybody should have got a note thrown under their door like they throw rent receipts and everything else," McCorkle said.

Dowling said she didn't want to cause a panic, but suggesting no one cares is not right.

"It bothers me a great deal," she said, "because I love the people here."

Memphis police are asking anyone with any information on the attack to call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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