Would someone tell me where this crime occured and what neighborhood I should try to avoid? What did the suspect look like? How about giving me a description as to race, sex, height, weight, complexion, clothing, direction of travel, etc? A map of the area would have been nice too. Most likely the 5400 block of "East Memphis" was Poplar Ave. (I don't think I've ever heard a section of town being given a 100 block designation). A google search turned up some crime stats for Bent Court, then I was able to get a 100 block, so now I know the area is in Raleigh. I also know the neighbors are telling the truth. I remember when that was a very nice neighborhood. I also remember when the news would give you the full details. Remember those halcyon days when the police and news agencies used EXACT addresses, not "100 blocks"? Are they trying to be politically correct, or just being sloppy?
From News5's website . . . .
A chopper flew overhead. Officers scoured the brush with guns drawn. SWAT teams filed in line searching for three suspects who robbed a Cingular cell phone store on the 5400 block of East Memphis and took police on a chase that ended up in North Memphis. The suspects abandoned the getaway car in a cul de sac on Bent Court.
Police say the suspects shot at them during the afternoon chase and they shot back when the suspects jumped out of the car. Neighbor Dianne Edwards rushed home to check on her sons.
"You can't really say anything about what's going on because it happens all over, but I just want to make sure that they're safe," she said.
Officers went door-to-door trying to track the robbers as Memphis Police shut down the streets surrounding the crime scene. No cars could go in, and none could come out for two and a half hours. The suspects abandoned the car right near Emmett Wheeler's home. He says crime is rising in the neighborhood.
"When we first moved over here this was a nice place. There wasn't a lot of crime," he said.
Police are now processing evidence and working to find the suspects. Neighbors say, though the scene troubled them, they're glad to have the presence of protection.
"It's good to know that there's someone taking care of the situation," Edwards added.
No one was injured during the ordeal.
As for the crime in that area, by comparison, it is RELATIVELY safe - only 79 crimes reported in the past month within a 1 mile radius.
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