MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police confirm they are investigating a report that a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on Beale Street this weekend.
WREG is attempting to learn more about the incident, which happened during a violent weekend on the street as crowds surged during the Beale Street Music Festival.
Police Director Michael Rallings mentioned the incident Tuesday evening in a speech to City Council in which he urged council to establish a temporary admission fee to Beale to curb crowds on some weekends this month. The measure was approved.
Rallings said the 13-year-old was separated from her family and was missing for several hours. She was allegedly assaulted during that time.
Police said the attack didn’t happen on Beale Street; however, the teen did meet her attacker while on Beale.
According to Rallings, four people were shot Sunday in two shootings on or near Beale Street, and there was a stampede on the street after a false report of gunfire.
At that point, city officials said, security on the street threatened to walk off.
The 13-year-old and a 3-year-old were separated from their family during the stampede, and it took a while to reunite them, Rallings said.
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A Beale Street admission fee is back, at least temporarily. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings asked Memphis City Council to institute a $5 admission fee to the street to help increase security and reduce crowd size after a particularly violent weekend on Beale. The resolution was passed, and the dates that will have a fee are Fridays and Saturdays in May and all of Memorial Day weekend. 📰Read more from the link in our bio or in our story📰