Elderly couple recounts robbery: “You won’t believe how frightened I was”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It was a scary night for a Memphis couple who came home and found armed men in their backyard.

It happened in the Colonial Acres neighborhood in East Memphis.

Marilyn and Ed Powell say they will never forget what happened last night.

The elderly couple said when they got home, they parked their car in the driveway. When they tried to walk inside their house, they noticed the men in their backyard.

“Just as I opened the door and I turned on the lights, a young man appeared who had a knit mask with only the eyes showing, and he asked me for my ring which he couldn’t get off of my finger, and then he asked me to go into the house, and he came in and emptied my purse,” said Marilyn.

They’ve lived there for eight years and have never been so afraid.

“He says, ‘Well lay down,’ and I says, ‘I can’t lay down, I won’t be able to get up, I’m 81,’ and so he says, ‘Well get down on your knees.’ Then so I tried to get down on my knees and he tried to get a billfold from me, and I said, ‘I don’t carry any money, my wife’s got a charge card for our supper,’ so he didn’t get my billfold. I didn’t have it in my pocket, I had it in the house, so he took it from the house,” said Ed.

Ed did have $40 in his top pocket that the robbers took. They also stole a laptop and watch.

Ed says one of the men even slapped him a couple of times on the shoulder with a gun.

The two men got away, and that’s when the couple called police. Now they need your help finding them.

“You won’t believe how frightened I was. I was just shaking from one end to the other, because I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Marilyn said.

The couple wasn’t hurt.  If you have any information, give Memphis police a call.


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