• Employee beaten with bat on MATA parking lot, according to police

    By: Jacque Masse


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Officers are investigating after a MATA employee was beaten with a bat by a former employee on a MATA parking lot, according to MPD.

    Police responded to the assault call on Monday in the 1300 block of Levee Rd. in North Memphis.

    Investigators told FOX13 that a former male employee assaulted a current female employee multiple times with a baseball bat.

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    The victim told police Melvin Chaney, 69, ran up to her and hit her with a baseball bat several times.

    She was taken to Regional One in non-critical condition for medical treatment.

    A spokesperson with MATA said Chaney worked at MATA from October 2018 to January of 2019. 

    A witness told police, he saw Chaney in the parking lot before the attack and asked him why he was on the property because he was fired. The witness told police that Chaney told him he got his job back.

    The spokesperon with MATA did not confirm if Chaney was fired.

    Another witness told police the former employee hit the victim multiple times in the head with a baseball bat while she was in the parking lot.

    The witness told police that he tried to stop Chaney, but Chaney continued to swing the bat.

    Another witness said Chaney hit the victim multiple times in the head with the baseball bat while she was on the ground.

    The witness also told police the victim complained about the suspect stalking her. 

    The witness said she saw the suspect sitting in his car in his MATA uniform on April 10. 

    Investigators said Chaney tried to hit witnesses on the scene as well.

    Chaney drove off from the scene and was later arrested at his home.

    Chaney has been charged with criminal attempted first-degree murder, and two counts aggravated assault.

    It is unclear why Chaney attacked the victim.

    FOX13 asked a spokesperson with MATA how many security officers were working during the incident but did not receive a comment.

    Chaney's court date is Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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