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Editor Attacked at Gunpoint

May 31, 1999

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ The editor of a weekly newspaper was attacked by two men at gunpoint then locked in the trunk of his rental car while the suspects apparently robbed and shot a newspaper carrier, police said.

Michael Henningsen, senior editor for the Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque, N.M., was in Memphis for the annual conference of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Henningsen, 32, said he was assaulted and robbed by two men early Friday outside a club. He said the men took his wallet and drove him to an automated teller machine around 1:30 a.m. where they forced him to withdraw cash. A witness notified police.

Meanwhile, the two men forced Henningsen in the trunk of his rental car while they made several stops. During that time, police believe they robbed and shot a newspaper carrier.

Police spotted the vehicle, and chased the two men until they stopped and ran on foot. The suspects, 20 and 18, were arrested and charged.

``Overall, I don’t blame the city,″ said Henningsen, who went back home Saturday after getting stitches in his forehead and the back of his head.

``I think Memphis is pretty and I had great food while I’ve been here. Aside from the incident Friday, I had a good time.″

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