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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) – Thomasville Police are asking for help to catch two men who violently robbed two people in a city park.
The couple was in Northside Park after dark when two men held them up at gunpoint.
Now police are reminding people that all city parks, except Cherokee Lake, are closed at night for safety reasons.
51-year old Johnny Davis and a 21-year old female friend were in Northside Park Saturday night. They thought they were alone. But according to an incident report, two men approached them from behind. One of them hit Davis in the head with a hand gun and demanded money.
"At that time, the victim went into his pocket and handed the suspect his wallet," says Lt. Eric Hampton, a spokesperson for Thomasville Police. "Then the suspects fled through the wood line."
Davis's friend ran for safety to a church down the road. Together, the victims described their assailants to police. They said one man appeared to be about 6 feet tall, skinny and wearing a mask. The other suspect is shorter, has starter dreadlocks and looked about 18-years old. Both are black.
"He also has a tattoo on his neck with an "S", possibly two "S"s," explains Lt. Hampton. "He is also light complexed."
Thomasville Police say the woods that surround Northside Park make it ideal for people looking to cause some trouble.
"This particular park, Northside Park is off by itself. It is very secluded and surrounded by woods. So someone can to escape into the woods if they commit a crime."
Park goer Michelle Mitchell says she would avoid the parks at night even if they were open.
"It's not safe. At least when there's daylight you don't have to worry about anyone hurting you or causing trouble."
Mitchell says she would only feel safe at Cherokee Lake because of its abundant lighting and proximity to the police department.
"That is the reason I chose this park and it's actually the only one I attend. you wanna be safe. You don't want to be hurt mugged or anything like that."
Which is exactly what could happen in a dark park late at night.
Thomasville police say all the city's parks are closed to the public at night with the exception of Cherokee Lake. They say anyone caught in them is to leave.
If you have any information on the robbery at Northside Park, call Thomasville Crime Stoppers at 227-3305. You could get a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.