Woman robbed at Tom Byrne Park

Published 5:54 pm Saturday, January 15, 2011

The tracking team assembles to search for the suspects that robbed a woman at Tom Byrne Park on Thursday night.|Photo by Adam Prestridge

Within a 48-hour period, investigators with the Atmore Police Department investigated two armed robberies within the city limits.

Although the two crimes have not been linked together, investigators have not ruled that possibility out with both involving three masked black males.

The latest robbery occurred Thursday evening around 9:50 p.m. at Tom Byrne Park off Lindberg Avenue, according to APD Chief Jason Dean.

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The female victim stated to officers that she observed three black males exiting a vehicle while she was parked in the parking lot. The report states that she attempted to drive away, but one of the males brandished a firearm forcing her stop her vehicle.

According to the victim, the suspects demanded money. She stated that she gave them her purse, but told them that there was no money in it, so they then told her to exit the vehicle. Upon exiting her vehicle they demanded her cell phone, according to investigators. The suspects fled after receiving the victims cell phone.

The victim then made her way to the Subway Restaurant on Lindberg Avenue and contacted the police department.

Tracking dogs from Fountain Corrections Facility were called to the scene to assist officers in locating the suspects.

In addition, three armed gunmen remain on the loose following an early Wednesday morning robbery of an Atmore gas station.

According to Atmore Police Department Investigator Robby Williams, dispatchers received an armed robbery complaint from the Kangaroo Express located on West Nashville Avenue at approximately 3:25 a.m. Williams said two black males, both wearing masks, entered the store and robbed the clerk on duty at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money while the third male remained outside.

All three suspects fled the scene on foot, according to a press release issued by the APD, and were not on scene when police arrived within the same minute of the call.

According to Williams, responding officers set up a perimeter and called in tracking dogs from Fountain Corrections Facility for assistance. The dogs were able to track the offenders to the Rocky Ridge Apartment Complex.

Atmore Police is actively investigating the case and will withhold further information pending the outcome of that investigation.

As of Friday evening at press time, no arrests in either crime had been made.

If you have any information related to either crime, you are asked to contact the APD at 368-9141.