Three attempted robberies reported in Central Gardens area overnight

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Police are searching for a possible serial attempted robber who is terrorizing the Central Gardens area.

According to police reports obtained by WREG, three separate incidents were reported to police on Tuesday. Each victim described the suspect as a young man armed with a handgun and wearing a gray hoodie.

The first attempted robbery was around 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Harbert.

The victim in this case told authorities he was walking home when he was approached by an armed man who demanded money.

Scared for his life, the man took off running to a neighbor's house and called police.

By the time authorities arrived, the suspect had also fled the scene.

Less than an hour later, officer received another call of an attempted robbery but this time in the 1400 block of Goodbar.

That victim told authorities he was picking up a child when a man approached him demanding money.

When told the victim didn't have anything, the victim asked "What can you give me?"

Once again, the suspect walked away empty handed, but did reportedly reveal the gun he was carrying was a fake.

The final victim was Uber driver Jarrol Williams.

"I heard a tapping on the window and I turned my head and was looking at the barrel of gun."

He was sitting in his car waiting to pick up a ride around 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of Eastmoreland.

At first the suspect just demanded cash, but then he suddenly opened the car door and demanded the victim get out.

"I acted like I was gonna get out of the car. He backed up and backed away from the car door -- I slammed the door shut and drove off."

Authorities said there were cameras near at least one of the crime scenes, but neighbors told WREG they are still on edge.

"For him to feel compelled to go on a rampage like this and put himself and everybody else at risk, there`s just a lot of things going wrong here," said Chris Robinson.

If you can help authorities in this case, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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