Police asking for help from unlikely source

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It is an unprecedented request. The Memphis Police Department asking gang members to help them track down a rapist responsible for attacking a 13-year old girl.

Ronald Baldridge spent his youth in a gang. He got shot when he tried to rob a skating rink. He was paralyzed and eventually turned his life around. Since, he has dedicated his life to community service.

Now, Baldridge runs a non-profit that mentors children and helps gangbangers leave the lifestyle.

"It's a community and if it affects one child it affects another one. And again it keeps happening. So at what point does this type of madness stop," Ronald Baldridge of P.I.A.N.O. Inc. said.

He often works in the area around Sherwood Middle School. Not far from where a 13-year-old girl was raped on her walk to school Monday morning.

Investigators are searching for her attacker. They are pleading with the public for information.

Baldridge said he believes someone, somewhere knows who did it. And he bets that current gang members either have helpful information or could find out quickly.

So he is putting out a call, asking them to help police and nothing more.

"Gangbangers, I hope that they do good, do the right thing. And I'm not talking about for them to do some bodily damage to the individual that have done this. All I'm saying is that I hope that if they have knowledge for them to get involved," Baldridge said.

Investigators said they do not care where the information comes from if it helps solve the crime.

In this case they prefer you call the Sex Crimes Bureau at 901-545-5330. You can also call Crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.