MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “I was traumatized,” a teenage boy said. “You could see your life flash before your eyes like this. I’m like I’m finna die.”
A boy stood on the same streets where he thought he would die on Saturday.
WREG agreed to hide the identity of a 17-year-old boy because he was just raped.
With his family by his side and with their permission, the teen told WREG he is still scared for his life after the attack.
“I’m thinking about what he finna do,” the victim said.
It was around noon on Friday when the teen was headed to a friend’s house on Evergreen near Vollentine Elementary School when Marvin Bruce approached.
“He was like I’m trying to sell a phone,” the teenager said.
However, when the boy refused the offer and tried to help police said, Bruce pulled out a knife and demanded the teen to walk with him.
“We (were) walking down there and we got to right there where those bushes are and he told me to take out the money and give it to him,” the victim said.
The high school student was robbed for $2.00 and forced into a passageway behind the school.
“He told me to sit down, and he sat down and laid down and he unbuckled his pants and pulled out a condom and made me put it on him,” the teenage explained.
The boy was forced to perform a sex act, according to police.
The teen said, “He was like saying like ‘you like this’ and ‘you want this’ and was like ‘I’m going to give it to you.’”
The teen told WREG he was confused and hoping someone would see what was happening in broad daylight and help.
“He told me to get up on my knees, and he walked behind me and he was finna get ready and bend me over,” the victim explained.
However, the teenager said Bruce stopped for some reason, pulled up his pants and threw the teen’s clothes over a fence to keep him from following.
Police said Bruce ran away, but they later caught him hiding in someone’s backyard.
“You can’t be safe out here — walking to a friend’s house or nowhere. You can’t be nice to people,” the victim told WREG.
The teenager is still working through the trauma but said he is looking for justice.
“I hope he stays locked up forever,” the teen said.
Marvin Bruce is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping.
He is being held on a $500,000 bond and expected to be in court on Monday.