Chief Justice's tenant attacked outside her downtown Memphis condo - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Chief Justice's tenant attacked outside her downtown Memphis condo

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A man was assaulted, beaten, and robbed outside his downtown condo early Sunday evening.  He shares a building with Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

"People being way more forward than they used to be," said Patrick Wrenn.

Wrenn is the judge's friend and Karate instructor.  He met us on the bottom floor of her building.

"You read about it -- but when it happens to you -- it really scares you," said Wrenn.

In an E-mail sent to colleagues, Justice Holder writes, "I think this is a wake-up call..that we are not immune from attack."  

She goes on to encourage others who work and live downtown to attend an upcoming seminar during which Wrenn will teach self-defense techniques.

The assault outside the judge's door is just the latest in a string of recent crimes.  Many have taken place along Main Street.  They include multiple purse snatchings.

"One of my co-workers just recently was mugged while getting in her car," said Alexandria Chew as she walked to work.

It's a walk she takes almost daily.

"And sometimes if I have my purse alone -- I put it on the inside of my coat," Chew told us.

She says she is always prepared to deal with an attacker.  That is one of Wrenn's top tips.

"Use a loud voice and be assertive," he said.

That advice applies no matter where you work or live, or who you are.

For information on Patrick Wrenn's self-defense instruction, contact him at 901-336-9010.   

Click here to e-mail Jason Miles.

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