Crossroads Regional Park Thursday night.
Police Chief David Lancaster said police responded to a 911 call at
11:28 p.m. of a mugging at the park. Officers found a woman there with a
male friend, and the woman was taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center.
The male subject, who was also present during the rape, was not injured.
The two subjects, described as friends who had met at the park to talk,
told police they were approached by a young black male subject who came
from the south side of the park.
Carrying a handgun, the suspect approached the two friends on the
concrete lot near the pavilion and playground and had them lie facedown
on the ground. He then had them walk toward the playground equipment
and, moving them away from the lights, he raped the woman, police believe.
The suspect then ran west out of the playground area.
He is described as approximately 6 feet tall and possibly in his early
20s. He wore all black clothing and a bandana covering the lower portion
of his face.
Anyone who may have information about the suspect is encouraged to
contact the police department or Crime Stoppers.
The police chief said the department is increasing patrols in the city,
and he encouraged residents to be vigilant, to walk in pairs or groups
and to report any unusual activity.
“It is not a good idea to be isolated anywhere at that time of night,”
The posted park hours are 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
To report tips about this case, contact Detective Heather Glass at
286-3377 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-773-tips or crimestoppersms.com.