Violent robberies in downtown Memphis have people taking action

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A group of mothers is demanding more security around Beale Street and in downtown Memphis after their sons were brutally attacked and robbed.

“They want to beat these kids up and then the money is almost secondary,” said Wight Boggs.

She and Carol Furr said their sons were walking to their car behind the FedEx Forum earlier this month when two men demanded their money.

“They chased my son for almost three blocks to catch him and then they violently beat him up,” said Furr.

Furr’s son was hit in the head. He spent two weeks in the hospital, and his skull was cut open to relieve the pressure and swelling.

The same night, another young man was robbed at a downtown ATM by the same guys.

He told police they opened his mouth, laid him on the curb and then stomped on the back of his head.

“His jaws were wired shut, and he is at home recovering,” said Furr.

People said it’s dangerous behind the Forum, because police put all of their attention on the other side of Beale.

Toneka Sullivan said she was mugged walking to her car.

“He tried to take my purse, but luckily, my boyfriend was there to help me,” she said.

Wight sent a letter to Director Toney Armstrong, Mayor A C Wharton and District Attorney General Amy Wierich asking them to “take charge of this problem and address it head on.”

WREG tried to get answers from the city and police, but no one responded to our interview request.

“No one has given me indication or update on something being done,” said Boggs.

Boggs and Fur want a heavier police presence throughout the night. They’re also asking bars to join their fight by not being cash-only.

They’re trying anything to save the next victim, and they’ve contributed to the CrimeStoppers reward. It’s now more than $5,000 if you can help catch the robbers.

If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

You can also contribute to the reward by asking for the “Three Families” account.

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