Elderly victim speaks about attack - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Elderly victim speaks about attack

Marvin L. Sturdivant (Courtesy: Memphis Police Department) Marvin L. Sturdivant (Courtesy: Memphis Police Department)

The elderly victim of an attack at St. Peter Manor in Midtown is talking.

She says she feels better knowing that a suspect has been charged in the attack: "I feel great about that...I really do."

On Thursday, Memphis police charged Marvin L. Sturdivant, 48, with criminal attempt robbery and aggravated burglary in connection to the incident.

Sturdivant is accused of physically assaulting the 79-year-old woman and stabbing her with a fork during a robbery attempt last week at the senior living facility. Authorities said he got past the front desk by lying.

Investigators said Sturdivant walked into the woman's apartment through an unlocked door on July 19, approaching her and yelling, "Where is the money?"

After the alleged attack, surveillance video showed Sturdivant, wearing a purple jersey with gold numbers, leaving St. Peter Manor.

St. Peter Manor, home to the elderly and disabled, has modified its visitation protocol in the wake of this attack.

The victim was still too shaken up to show her face on camera, but her wounds were clearly visible as she lay in her hospital bed.

"I just hope he gets enough punishment so he feels sorry for what he did and doesn't do it again," she said. "Because this is terrible, preying on elderly people who can't help themselves."

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