Police investigate three attacks along Katy Trail




Posted on May 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 8:34 AM

DALLAS — Dallas police are trying to put fears to rest along the Katy Trail, where thieves targeted unsuspecting bar patrons and joggers late Saturday night and again early Sunday.

Police reports reveal at least three incidents where the victims where held up at gunpoint within a 24-hour time frame.

Police will not say if they have increased patrols for the Mother's Day crowd along the popular running and biking path between downtown Dallas and Highland Park.

Mother's Day joggers were shocked at the news. "There's always a lot of wackos out there", said Jim Seapa.

The first incident took place around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when a man said he was punched and robbed at gunpoint along the 3700 block of Travis Street.

Then, just before 2 a.m., a 28-year-old woman was attacked. She told us she had just left the Ice House with relatives, when she was robbed and shoved to the ground along the trail. 

Police said the perpetrator aimed a weapon and demanded her credit cards, iPhone, purse and wallet, valued at $530.

The incident has supporters of the trail baffled. "It's extremely shocking... it's extremely shocking," said Eric Bunyan.

Five hours later, police reported a similar attack against a 34-year-old jogger along Katy Trail. The victim told police two men approached him in broad daylight near the Blackburn Street entrance.

The victim said the gunmen pointed a pistol at his head, stole his iPhone and made him lie down in the gravel.

In both cases, the suspects fled, injuring no one.

"I'm shocked that someone would have the audacity to rob someone — especially in broad daylight," said area resident Jim Allard.

The general manger for the Ice House declined to speak on camera, but said he will continue to employ off-duty police officers on weekends, as well as his own security team.

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