Teen Arrested For Attempted Rape

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(Memphis) The victim told her mom and police she saw 19-year-old Shaquille Powell standing at the top of a neighborhood hill.

However, before she could make it out of her car and into the house, he had already managed to walk down the length of about six houses.

Police said Powell made it up the driveway and into the home.

"He had came that quick," said the victim's mother. "They say he was in the kitchen and he came in and took his shirt off. She said, 'What you doing in here? How you get in here?'"

WREG is hiding the woman's identity because her daughter is the victim of an attempted sex assault.

"She alright. She's still scared though," the mother said. "She's still scared."

According to the police affidavit, Powell told the woman, "I know you want this, I seen you looking."

The victim told the detective he started unbuckling his pants.

"She said, 'You better get your 'so and so' out of here,'" the victim's mother said.  "He wouldn't leave so she said some way she tried to grab a knife."

The woman was unable to get the knife, but she lowered her shoulder and lunged at Powell, pushing him out of the door.

Neighbors said Powell, who they have seen scoping out the house on Warren Street for weeks, took off running.

The victim was also seen running out of the house, screaming for her life.

"The lady hollering and I couldn't hear her. I couldn't hear what was going on," Lina Mangum said.

Powell ran to Mangum's front porch to get away.

"This is where I stay at. He was on my porch," Mangum said. "He had asked me for some water."

Police caught Powell moments later and charged him with attempted rape.

The charges left the mother and daughter relieved.

"She says she gave him a good message that she hope he get what he deserve because he ain't have no right to do that," the woman's mother said.

Powell is expecting in court next Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.


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