(WMC) - Local authorities are searching for a suspected rapist who could have possibly raped a woman at the Memphis in May BBQ festival.Memphis police say it happened Friday night when a woman reported an assault in the area of Riverside and Beale Street, the north entrance gate to the festival.
By Saturday night, teams began to notice more security and an increased awareness of their surroundings; particularly after sundown.
"You have to be really careful. And you have to watch your surroundings and not be by yourself," said Rachelle Richardson.
Memphis in May officials would not comment on camera, but they issued a written statement saying in part, "The alleged incident reportedly took place in the vicinity of Riverside Drive and Beale Street, but it's unknown if it took place inside the gates ..."
Officials from Memphis in May also say security is always heightened during events such as this week's festival, and they have several law enforcement agencies including Memphis Police, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security, FBI, TACT unit and a private security company.
As the festival winds down for the weekend, security and safety is top of mind.
"I think they need to have even more security and I think they should shutdown earlier for safety and a lot less drinking," added Richardson.