MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Three people have been arrested after a woman was robbed and injured at a Kroger parking lot in Memphis.
According to a police affidavit, the initial incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Kroger on South Mendenhall Road.
The victim told investigators she was walking toward her car when she “suddenly felt a sharp jerk on her shoulder.” Police said she fell and was drug on the concrete, causing a gash on her head.
The suspects did not say anything to the woman, and she did not see their faces, according to police.
Investigators said the thieves got away with her purse containing a crystal rosary, with a total value of $135. The victim was taken to Baptist East in non-critical condition, and she is expected to be okay.
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Leah Fox-Greenberg wasn’t surprised when hearing about Monday night’s robbery in the South Mendenhall Kroger parking lot.
“My mother was just robbed a couple of days ago so it’s certainly on the rise,” Fox-Greenberg said.
Another robbery was added when a woman was forced to the ground while in the parking lot before having her purse which contained a crystal rosary worth $100 stolen.
The victim in Monday's attack suffered a gash on her head and was taken to Baptist East in non-critical condition.
“I think also is women,” Fox-Greenberg said.
“We know this to be true. We keep our keys at the ready and, we do these kinds of things. It’s sad that we have to but kind of the day and age that we live in right now.”
Witnesses then told police the suspects drove away in a blue Scion vehicle south on Mendenhall.
Hours later, around 1 a.m. Tuesday, officers on patrol spotted a vehicle that matched the description.
Two men and a woman who were inside that car were detained and later arrested in connection with the robbery.
Police said the woman’s 5-year-old child, who was also in the vehicle, was released to a babysitter.
The three suspects were identified as Amberly Rankin, Colby Neagle and Michael Patton.
Despite this incident, Kroger customers we spoke to don’t feel threatened at all.
“I work downtown,” Nehali Patel said. “Like occasionally I might feel like I need to have an escort to my car but otherwise not in Kroger.”
Fox-Greenberg added that this Kroger location is in a pretty good neighborhood, but you still have to be aware.
“I don’t think it matters whether you live in midtown, East Memphis, Collierville, Germantown, wherever,” she said. “You have to just kind of be cognizant of the areas around you and know your surroundings.”
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