Germantown police are on the lookout for a suspect or suspects robbing residents at gunpoint in their driveways. In less than a month, there have been at least three such incidents reported in Germantown and Collierville.
But one victim fought back.
Tenesia Pollard is still shaken after a man with a gun tried to take her purse in her own driveway in Germantown. When it came to fight or flight, Pollard's fight instinct took over.
"He started beating my hand with the gun," said Pollard. "Beating and beating and beating."
Cuts on Pollard's hand remain a constant reminder that she's fortunate to be alive.
"If he was older and more experienced robbing, I probably wouldn't be talking to you right now," she said.
Angie Lee's father also came face to face with the driveway robbers in Germantown less than a month ago.
"I heard my mom scream, and then I heard gunshots," said Lee. "I panicked and thought 'Oh my gosh, my parents are dying.'"
Dong Yun Lee was about to close his garage when he saw a man pointing a gun at him.
"He's thankful they didn't shoot him," his daughter said.
The next driveway robbery happened a week later in Collierville. A family member said the gunman was hiding in a corner beside the house when her mother came home from work.
In all the robberies, each victim described the gunman as tall and thin, and wearing a bandana around his face.
In each incident, the victim was returning home from work.
Pollard says she hopes people in Shelby County will be on the alert.
"When I'm coming home, I call my parents let them know I'm outside."