Victim Fights Back And Stabs One Of Three Attackers

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(Memphis) A man who came face-to-face with an armed robber for the second time in just months decided to fight back Wednesday night.

Police say the man stabbed one of three men who tried to rob him right outside his front door at the Madison Cypress Lakes Apartments in Southeast Memphis.

Police arrested 25-year-old Terrance Tapplin after he showed up at a hospital 30 minutes later with stab wounds to his stomach.

The victim didn't want to be identified, but told us he had just locked his apartment door when he was ambushed by three men who were all carrying guns.

"They came from three different directions. One from behind and two from the side,"  said the victim.

He says at the time he didn't know what they were after, but feared for his life and grabbed the barrel of a gun being pointed at his face.

He says that's when he was able to pull a knife from his own pocket and stabbed one of the gunmen several times.

"As soon as I did the other men tried to hit me with a pistol and as soon as I got away one of them tried to fire a shot. They did fire a shot, but it didn't hit me. So, thank God," he said.

He said police told him the men who attacked him are likely responsible for a number of recent crimes and may have robbed a couple in another neighborhood the night before.

The victim told us he never wanted to hurt anyone, but is glad police have one person in custody and hopes it leads them to the others.

"Hopefully it stopped them from going around and doing what they were doing. If they keep it up I'm sure they are going to run into someone else like me," he said.

He said the robbers got his keys, but didn't go into his apartment.

He has already changed the locks and plans to move.

Tapplin has been charged with aggravated robbery.

If you know anything call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.


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