Two people were robbed at gunpoint and pistol whipped while walking along Volunteer Park’s dirt paths Sunday night. The muggers fled the scene in a waiting car and later threatened a driver with a handgun.
It all started around 7 PM when two men stepped out from behind some bushes to rob a man and woman walking in the park. The victims reported hearing the sound of a handgun being racked and one of the suspects informing them they were being robbed. The suspects took two phones, a credit card and demanded pin numbers. The suspect with the gun pistol whipped the female victim and when the male victim stepped forward to help, he too was pistol whipped in the face.
The robbers fled in a white Ford Crown Victoria. Soon afterward they began tailgating a man driving his daughter home. One of the muggers got out of the Crown Victoria, approached the victim’s car at a traffic light and lifted his shirt to show a silver handgun tucked into his waistband.
Alarmed by the gun, the victim backed his car down the road to escape and drove to the East Precinct to report the incident.
Officers flooded the area but were unable to find the suspects or their car. Officers were able to get a plate number from one of the victims and are currently searching for the vehicle and its occupants.
The two injured victims were transported to Group Health for treatment of lacerations.
If you have any information in either of these cases please call 911 and speak to officers.