SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is a word of warning from police for those who use a local neighborhood park after a Smyrna woman was robbed by three men with a gun.
Pioneer Park in Smyrna is usually packed with people, but now that school has started, there wasn’t much activity Wednesday morning.
A young woman, whose name News 2 will not use, comes to the park almost every day to exercise. She was shocked to hear another woman was robbed.
“To know there’re people around here that want to hurt other people who just come to enjoy themselves is really concerning,” she said.
The woman said she will now be more cautious.
“I will definitely take extra precautions, look out and be aware of what’s around me,” she told News 2.
Smyrna police said the robbery happened on July 15 when a woman walked to a corner market to buy a few items.
She was on her way back home next to the park when three men came out of a tree line and robbed her at gunpoint, yelling, “Give me what you got on you.”
“He brandished a semi-automatic, small handgun and demanded her to turn over her belongs, and she did,” said Detective Rick Hall.
The suspects only got away with $42 and a pack of cigarettes.
“It’s very alarming to us and, like this, we are taking the crime seriously,” Hall said.
Police said this is the first time something like this has happened at this neighborhood park.
“This is not a common thing that we have in any of our parks in Smyrna or even in this area I’m aware of,” Hall said.
Detectives said one time is too many, which is why they are sending a warning to anyone who uses the park.
“If you happen to find yourself in its best to always comply with what they want and then become a good witness,” Hall said. “Be able to identify who they people are and give a good description to police when you call them.”
The victim was only able to give police a vague description of the three suspects. She said they were Hispanic males between the ages of 18 to 25.
The victim, police say, was very upset but not injured.
If you have any information, please call Smyrna police dispatch at 615-459-6644.