Man accused of grabbing runner near Tom Lee Park

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Mid-South man is back in jail after allegedly grabbing a runner near Tom Lee Park.

The woman told police she was running on the River Bluff Trail above Tom Lee Park when a man approached her. He was wearing a black business suit with blue tennis shoes.

She said he pushed her up against a railing, turned her around and grabbed her backside with his hand.

Officers said the victim's screams forced the man to take off running.

A man matching the same description was located in the 300 block of Washington Avenue and was identified as Thomas Charles Conway.

The victim confirmed Conway was the one who attacked her, police said.

Conway also reportedly admitted to touching the victim during an interview with officers.

He was booked into custody and charged with sexual battery - a Class E Felony. As of Friday afternoon he had bonded out of jail.

A quick search of Conway's criminal history revealed he's been arrested multiple times since 1998 on charges ranging from misdemeanor domestic assault to drug charges and disorderly conduct.

WREG went to his listed address and met his mother.

She said her son is a paranoid schizophrenic and has not been taking his medication.

"I called the police twice last week to come take him to the hospital. They wouldn’t take him.”

She said her son isn’t a bad guy and needs help.

"That’s what I want. Him to be in the hospital. Jail is not the answer. He need mental help.”