Shooting, violent confrontation during robberies worry Collierville residents

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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Two armed robberies in less than ten days have some in Collierville in fear they could be next. A woman is recovering in the hospital after a robber shot her outside of her home. The Friday before, another couple was held-up at their house.

“There were gunshots. There was screaming,” said Angie Cozert, a neighbor.

“I came inside and told my husband to call the police because I thought someone had been shot,” said Wendy Carter. “And he was like ‘Wendy, no. It's probably fireworks.’ And a I was like ‘No! Somebody has been shot!”

Neighbors came to the aid of the woman bleeding outside her Bechers Brook Cove home.

“She was trying to talk to people and let people know what the person looked like,” said Cozert.

She described a young man or teenager in a hoodie.

Neighbors heard a car peel-out.

“He didn't see the car but he did hear the car,” said Cozert about her husband.

Rescue workers rushed the woman to the hospital, while a husband and wife a few miles down the road counted their blessings.

The previous Friday, the Randy and Gail were also robbed at their home, right after they pulled into their garage.

“We just got out of the car. I opened the trunk and she got out and two black guys came-up with a gun and said, 'This is a hold-up',” said Gary.

Still shaken, Gail and Randy only wanted to give WREG their first names.

Gail is still bruised from when she initially tried to resist the robbery. She has large bruises on her arm where one of the robbers grabbed her. The robbers ended-up taking Gail's wedding ring and her purse with cash and credit cards. It happened the night before their daughter's wedding. They know it could have been much worse.

“If we would've fought more than we initially did, I think we would've been shot,” said Gail.

These two robberies in Collierville, two Friday nights in a row, is raising plenty of concern in a community where violence is mostly unexpected.

“Everyone needs to be aware that this is happening out here so they can be careful,” said Carter.

Gail says after the robbery, someone tried use her credit card in North Memphis.

Collierville police has not responded to WREG’s phone calls so we don’t know if they believe these robberies are connected.


  • Kevin Lewis

    My friends and Neighbors wonder why when I’m sitting on my front porch, or cutting the grass or when I get out of my car I always have my gun with me…and this is the reason why. Earlier this year they doing the same thing in Cordova…Robbing people in their own front yard…if they roll up on me and ask for my wallet, when my had comes out of my pocket…well you can guess the rest.

  • Look In The Mirror

    I wonder if those punk thugs know where Wharton and thw council members live since they don’t think police are worth their pay and benefits.

    • ConcernedCitizen

      While I understand your sentiment, police simply act as first responders. In indtance such as this, they can do very little to actually prevent the occurrence. And this is Collierville, not Memphis. With armed citizens, the only person that needs to be called in these events is the coroner. Cops aren’t even needed. Win-win.

      • MissTee

        Yes, hooray for violence and death! Just pray you can draw yours faster than they can draw theirs. Your wallet is definitely worth listing your life over.

      • ConcernedCitizen

        Misstee…I am not an advocate for violence nor death. Who’s to say that giving up your possessions is a guaranteed “free pass” with these thugs? It’s this type of liberal thinking that got us here. You’re trying to apply morals and/or decent human principles to a thug who is one chromosome removed from an animal. You cannot cower and comply with sociopaths. These heathens must be removed from the gene pool. Whether it’s by the courts or citizens, I have little preference. But when one fails, i.e. the courts, then the other will be forced to take up the slack. It’s a hell of a position to be in and one in which we should remember at the polls.

      • blahblahblah

        Misstee – Yes, I work hard for my money and these idiots aren’t very good shoots so I will take my chances and even draw first if I feel they don’t belong, not to mention I have some neighbors that are very good shots for a long distance.

  • dave

    I live in around the 4 way on coll-arl road and had my front door open about 945 last night and heard what I thought was 4-5 gunshots last night. I thought maybe it was fireworks too, but it was kind of nasty. I called the police and they said they had already been called and were on the way to check it out. I would just like to know what was found out about it?

      • dave

        The second amendment doesn’t allow you to break the law and discharge in town, there are laws that prevent reckless behavior. I just guarantees your right to own a weapon if you are a law abiding citizen and defend yourself and your family. Stop making the criminals the victims and the victims the criminals. Armed robbers and attempted murderers should be sent to their graves. You can’t be rational with irrational people, you have to protect your family.

  • nothing but the truth

    As soon as a law abiding person shoots one of these idiots we will have Jackson and Sharpton in town.

  • Kay

    We may have sharp ton in town but I rather deal with them than my family planning my funeral or visiting me in icu at the hospital, I agree with Kevin,’s post. If u have the chance, make sure to shoot them until they are dead. Pos scum bags won’t work, prey on working people. Shelby county
    Too many worthless pos in this county, I cannot get out of here fast enough

  • Jeff

    Collierville police don’t know if they’re connected, and couldn’t say if there had been any other robberies. What a joke.

    • Joshua

      That’s actually why crime appears to be nonexistent in the suburbs, the police refuse to confirm or deny crime actually happens. We would have never known this if it wasn’t for channel 3 interviewing the people that got robbed. Crime is everywhere Collierville PD, even in our community. Denying it doesn’t make it go away. You’re doing all of us Collierville residents a disservice by being tight lipped about it.

  • concerned

    Did anyone else know about the first robbery in Collierville (the one the Friday before this current robbery) before this recent one happened?! I didn’t know anything about the first one and it was right around the corner from me. I definitely feel as though we need to somehow be kept more informed of situations such as this so that we can be more alert and aware that this is happening so close to us.

  • John Jones (@puckerpooter)

    Notice how the news media can not report the simple fact that 2 BLACK GUYS are the criminals. To be fair, 2 WHITE GUYS could have been stated. At least we know who to watch out for. I wonder what the media policies actually are preventing full disclosure or are individual news media folks making these decisions not to fully describe the perp’s.

  • Gary

    The police are not doing their jobs,where I live they robbing the same houses over and over and over,you rarely see a patrol car come by. It is especially true where you have mostly black police officers ,they just don’t take their job seriously and do not want to make black enemies by arresting one of their kind. The only place I know where the police are trying to do their jobs is Southaven ,they are doing their best to keep the trash form Memphis from holding up their city.

  • joe joe

    Once these families start having to use up their welfare checks to bury their dead criminal kids maybe then they start to teach them about right from wrong !!!!

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