Police searching for Downtown robbery suspects

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- He has only called Downtown Memphis home for about a month, but Alex McClure told WREG he'd never describe it as anything but safe.

"We don`t really feel very in danger."

Still, it gave him pause when he heard about a woman who was followed down G.E. Patterson just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

Her purse was stolen by an armed criminal.

"There`s crazy people that do crazy things. You just got to kind of watch your back and just be prepared for anything," McClure said.

Hours before that, a man and woman were robbed while out walking near Pontotoc and Second Avenue.

They told Police they were approached by two men who demanded their wallets.

When the victims refused, the robbers threatened to shoot them, and that's when they handed over the $20 in their possession.

"As a woman, I have a responsibility of not putting myself at risk, not that that means anything should happen to anyone, but I try to be careful about when I am alone and when I`m not alone," said Kelley McClure.

Police said there`s no indication these robberies are connected.

Neighbors said they`re reluctant to let something like this tarnish their neighborhood`s image.

"I don`t think the area`s bad, or it`s anything to say about where we are, but I think it has a lot to say about us being cautious."