Attacks in two Houston-area parks have joggers, bicyclists concerned and police on alert

Police ramped up patrols this weekend, saying the suspects could strike again. You're encouraged to exercise with a buddy
January 5, 2014 6:51:25 AM PST
Two different attacks in two different areas have joggers and bicyclists concerned and police on alert.

The first, a sexual assault, happened at Terry Hershey Park in southwest Houston.

The second was an armed robbery at Town Green Park in The Woodlands.

"I didn't have anybody to ride with today, but I'm watching and wherever I go and stop, I make sure that I paying attention to other people," bicyclist John Northorop told us Saturday at Hershey Park.

Police say a woman jogging at Hershey Park stopped at a park bathroom Friday morning. That's when two men came barged in, took her jewelry and sexually assaulted her.

According to investigators, the men were young -- one possibly a teenager -- and both got away. One suspect had on a grey sweat shirt with a Rice University emblem. The other was wearing a black jacket.

"My wife found about it yesterday," Northorop said.

Northorop says his wife usually jogs at Hershey Park, and she found out about the attack from a neighborhood alert. She skipped her jog Saturday.

Police have ramped up patrols this weekend, saying the suspects could strike again. They encourage people to exercise with a buddy.

It's the same advice park visitors at Town Green Park in The Woodlands are getting after an aggravated robbery happened -- also in broad daylight.

"The robbery concerns me. I get out about once a week. It's an even busier place in the summer," one neighbor told us.

Investigators say a man in a red hoodie pulled a gun on a park visitor, demanding his wallet and personal property. That suspect is still on the run.

If you have any information that could help in either case, you're asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect(s) in these cases. Tips can also be sent by text message. Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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