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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A man suspected of burglary in Hickory Hill tried to pay off police so they wouldn't take him back to jail, after he tried running from them.

People we talked to say they don't feel safe after what happened in their apartment complex. A lot of them saw the chase, but didn't know what happened. They were shocked to learn the back story.

Residents at The Arbors in Hickory Hill will tell you crime is rampant.

A man who goes by Swift told WREG, "They broke into my house after a week or so of me staying here. It's been break-ins all around."

Swift says he was surprised to hear Marquice Smith took off when police started questioning him about a string of break-ins.

Officers said when they caught up to him, he started swinging, then tried to bribe them with $40 if they let him go.

Kavida Woodard also lives here. She said usually when there are break-ins at the complex, they get a notice in the mail, but said she hasn't gotten any recently.

"I did feel safe at some point, but this makes me think a little differently," Woodard said.

Smith is now charged with running from the police and trying to bribe an officer, among other charges. WREG uncovered Smith just gotten out of jail on aggravated robbery charges after mugging a man in his front yard in East Memphis.

Swift says they may have gotten one robber off the street, but he doesn't think this area is any safer.

"No I do not, but I just live, and stay out the way," he said.

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