Woman robbed in front of security guard at Kroger, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shoppers at a Memphis Kroger are on edge and concerned after a woman was attacked in the parking lot.

It happened outside the store on Poplar Avenue at Kirby Parkway.

Shoppers told FOX13 that they don’t feel comfortable shopping at night anymore.

“We have a lot of issues there. I don’t like going there, and I don’t like my parents going there,” said Emmy Potter, a shopper.

On Wednesday, a 64-year-old woman finished her grocery shopping at the Kroger at Poplar and Kirby around 8:20 p.m.

She asked if security would walk her out to her car.

Police said a man asked for her shopping cart, pushed the security guard, shoved the shopper to the ground and tried to take her purse.

Police said the victim was kicked in the head about three times before running off.

One shopper told FOX13 on Monday that they are concerned for her 80-year-old parents’ safety when they go grocery shopping alone.

“During the daytime it seems to be safe. But as the night goes down, they have a lot of people wandering around, they don’t look like they are supposed to be here. They definitely not here for the groceries,” said Potter.

Shoppers told FOX13 that they prefer coming to Kroger during the day than at night.

They feel Kroger needs to install more lights and cameras and have more security guards patrolling the area.

“Not much you can do except just being aware. You got to be aware of what’s in front and back of you,” said Betty Wheatley, a shopper.

FOX13 reached out to the victim but they didn’t want to do an interview out of fear for their safety.

A Kroger spokesperson told FOX13 in a press statement:

“At Kroger, safety is our top priority for customers and associates. The purpose of our 3rd party, uniformed security officers is to serve as a deterrent to criminal activity and help make the store a safe environment for customers and associates. While patrolling the store, our security officer escorted the customer to her vehicle and bravely intervened when the suspect began attacking the customer. We are working with the Memphis Police Department in this ongoing investigation.”

If you know who this man is, Memphis Police urge you to call the Appling Farms GIB at 901-636-4402.

You can also call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Any information which leads to an arrest, in this case, could be worth up to $2,000.