Anderson police warn residents about string of violent robberies at park

People robbed at knife point, gunpoint

ANDERSON, Ind. - Anderson police are alerting the public about a recent string of violent robberies in and near the popular Shadyside Park.

The incidents have happened over the course of weeks. Police said the details differ, but they're each violent robberies and the public needs to be on alert.

"I bent down to get a bottle of water out of my backpack and that's when I had the knife pointed at my chest, and he said hand over your wallet and no one else gets hurt and he pushed me down  and takes it and runs," said Brandon Bates, who was robbed in the park last month.

Police said there have been four robberies in total. They have happened in broad daylight and at night, and the victims and descriptions of the suspects have varied.

"We're looking to see if there is a correlation between any of them," said Detective Joel Sandefur. "They just may be random victims of opportunity."

One of the incidents involved two robbers and a gun, police said. They said a man was fishing on a dock in the park when he was startled by the sound of a breaking window.

Police said two men had broken out a window at Shadyside Bait and Tackle, and when the fisherman confronted the men, they took him by gunpoint to another location and robbed him.

Police are monitoring security cameras for leads, hoping they'll find some useful information.

Police said the first robbery happened in late August and the most recent happened about a week ago.

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