Suspects detained series of violent robberies at Terry Hershey Park

Authorities say two suspects have been detained after a series of violent robberies were reported at and around Terry Hershey Park
January 6, 2014 8:33:28 PM PST
Authorities say three suspects have been detained after a series of violent robberies were reported at and around Terry Hershey Park. Deputies say they are investigating two reported robberies and a sexual assault.

The suspects -- two men and a woman -- were taken into custody at the Princeton Club Apartments in the 14800 block of Perthshire after someone phone in a tip to authorities.

Officials believe they're responsible for the attacks happening between the Beltway and Highway 6, and that they're the suspects deputies have been urging park visitors to be on the look for.

At Terry Hershey Park, many of those braving the cold to exercise on Monday are taking extra care watching their surroundings after a recent string of violent attacks.

"Doesn't surprise me one bit," park visitor Ron Martin said.

Park visitors are on high alert after learning that deputies from Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office are investigating a couple of armed robberies and a sexual assault from over the weekend.

Those crimes happened along the park's bike and jogging trail.

"I just heard about some lady getting robbed and possibly raped," park visitor Daniel Heindel said.

Neighbors in the area are being told the most recent robbery happened when an elderly jogger was approached by two masked men with guns. The crooks took that victim's money and car keys before running off.

The attacks are surprising to Drew Shea and Thomas White, who exercise in this park often.

"Kind of crazy. You know, we both work in the area, and for daylight running, it seems like a pretty safe place to exercise," Shea said.

Investigators say on Friday, a female jogger stopped in the restroom for a brief moment when two unidentified men barged in and assaulted her.

Deputies say that victim's jewelry was stolen.

"I typically try and pay attention to whose around. It's kind of surprising, I don't typically see anyone out here in the day, other than people working out," White said.

Authorities say the suspects used a stolen getaway vehicle that they took during another robbery. At the complex where the suspects were arrested, officers collected bags and bags of what appeared to be stolen property.

However, residents are still not planning to let their guard down.

"Just staying alert. Making sure I know exit points or help points," Shea said.

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