Man connected to assault through DNA sample

Man connected to assault through DNA sample
Published: Apr. 22, 2015 at 2:13 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Those who frequent Madison Avenue are worried for their safety.

Clarence Pruitt is on the books as a violent sex offender, but he has been on the run for over two years. The Fugitive Bureau is asking residents to help them track the man down.

"You have to worry about your safety," said neighbor Sue McKinley. "You also have to be aware of your surroundings, too."

Pruitt was first arrested in 1991 for aggravated attempted rape, but was only in jail for four days.

Following that arrest, his status as a violent sex offender meant he must report his address within 48 hours of release, but he didn't. That omission led to a second charge in 2008.

In 2009, Pruitt was arrested again, charged with stealing items from an Ike's store and assaulting workers as he tried to flee.

After several drug arrests, Pruitt's latest affidavit says he 'befriended' a 20-year-old woman who was walking on Madison Avenue between 2 and 4 a.m. in August 2011.

The victim says she withdrew $20 from an ATM to give to him, but he demanded more money. When she refused, police say he began to attack her.

Police say Pruitt stole the woman's credit and debit cars, ID, cell phone, and left her naked.

According to the police affidavit, investigators identified Pruitt as the suspect responsible in this case from DNA he left on the victim's shirt. The TBI was able to find his information in their system.

"Maybe we shouldn't come out alone," said Connie Jones, who shops nearby. "It's just that dangerous now."

If you recognize the image of Pruitt attached to this story, please call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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