Police: Robbers hid behind trees at park, beat victims with tree branches

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for the suspects who targeted Audubon Park Monday after several reports that walkers and joggers were under attack.

Police said the suspects were targeting innocent victims with tree branches.

Cop cars lined the paths as the sun started to rise Monday morning.

A man told police he was jogging when several men, who were hiding behind trees, hit him in the head with branches and then tried to rob him.

Police said the victim booked it before things got worse. He was not seriously hurt.

Pat Moody was working out at the park when the attempted robbery happened. She tried to think what she would have done.

“I would try to beat the stew out of [them], but that wouldn’t help, so I would call the police,” said Moody.

She said she’s never felt threatened at the park before, and she’s gone there for years.

“I feel very comfortable here, and I come early in the morning,” said Moody.

The robbers got away. Police didn’t give WREG a description of what they looked like.

Moody said this a word to the wise: always think on your feet.

“I am always watching out what’s around me and what’s going on no matter where I walk,” said Moody.

If you were at the park Monday and have any information, call MPD at 901-545-2677.

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