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Expert: 'Put your hands up' to protect yourself against assault

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The Cordova community is still on edge after a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted and the suspect is still on the loose. The Cordova community is still on edge after a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted and the suspect is still on the loose.
Chad Connolly is a 4th degree black belt, and works with many women to help them protect themselves. Chad Connolly is a 4th degree black belt, and works with many women to help them protect themselves.
Composite sketch of rape suspect Composite sketch of rape suspect
CORDOVA, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Cordova community is still on edge after a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted and the suspect is still on the loose.

According to Memphis Police, a 19-year-old woman was forced into a man's car at the intersection of Dexter and Germantown Parkway.

Then she was driven to another location and sexually assaulted, said police.

"You have to be cautious, especially at my age, of everything that's going on around you," said resident Cissi Loftis.

Loftis said being taken and assaulted is something that has worried her in the past. She admits the recent incident has made her more aware of her surroundings.

Women everywhere should be able to protect themselves. Chad Connolly is a 4th degree black belt, and works with many women to help them protect themselves.

"Do everything you can to not get in the car. You bite, pull hair, get some gravel on the ground throw it in their face," said Connolly.

He said protecting yourself starts with being aware. Many woman should be alert when walking through a parking lot, especially as they pass in between cars.

He said if someone comes out, then the potential victim should immediately put their hands up in defense.

"If their hands are on you, then their tools are taken away and you're still free to do a simple strike to the face or a low blow or whatever it takes. Because if they're hurt who cares you're safe," said Connolly.

But he said all of this can be avoided if you pay attention, don't walk alone and put down your cell phone.

"That conversation may be important, but can it wait until later. Have your keys ready when you get to your car. Have you a security guard walk you to your car," said Loftis.

Another idea Connolly suggests is to take a look at what you already have on your key chain.

For example, an LED flashlight could temporarily blind the person and give you time to get away.

Police are still looking for the suspect in this case if you have any information call crimestoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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