An Hour Apart, Two Women Fight Off Attacker In South Tyler

Women in Tyler may want to be a little more aware of their surroundings. Two women were attacked outside their apartments in South Tyler Saturday night.

It appears both cases were attempted robberies. And, police think the same man is responsible.

Amy Marchessault was just walking outside of her apartment complex about 11:30 Saturday night. She tells KLTV 7 a man came out of nowhere, apparently with a knife.

She screamed. He ran.

Around 10:40 Saturday night -- not an hour earlier -- police say another woman was unloading items from her car at Bullard Creek Apartments in the 5600 block of Old Bullard Road.

She told investigators a man grabbed her from behind and demanded her purse, but then, too, the attacker fled. Police think both the Bullard Creek and the attack on Amy at Lexington Downs are related.

Police say the two women did exactly what they should when approached by the man. They tried to fight off their attacker.

"Both victims in these cases let out loud screams and kicking, which is good," said Tyler Police Public Information Officer Don Martin. "Let them know: 'Hey, people will start looking to see what's going on.' And that scares them and they get away from the area. They did the proper thing."

The description of the suspect is that of a black male around 5'-7" to 5'9" in his late 20s to early 30s, clean-cut, with a medium build. He was wearing a green shirt with tan shorts.

Police say women in that part of Tyler -- just about anywhere -- should walk with others where possible, and always park their car in a well lit area.

Tyler Police say they have no way of knowing yet if the attacks are related to others that are unsolved. If you have any information, give them a call.

As for Amy Marchessault, who received a minor cut fighting off the attacker: she's moving out of her apartment in the next few days. She says she can't stay after what happened.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.