Two robberies reported on Midtown Greenway

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January 16, 2012 // UPDATED 12:55 pm - January 19, 2012
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Three people have been robbed on the Midtown Greenway this month.

In the most recent incident reported to police on Jan. 16, a cyclist was knocked off the bike by two robbers demanding money on the Greenway near 12th Avenue South at 10:30 p.m., according to a crime alert. The cyclist had injuries to the face and the robbers got away with the victim's backpack.

Two people walking along the Greenway near Elliot Ave. S. were robbed a gunpoint by two men on Jan. 9 at 11:20 p.m. They were not injured, but had a cell phone, cash and credit cards stolen.

Similar suspect descriptions have been reported to police. In one case, they were described as Native American or Hispanic men around 20 to 25 years old. In the other incident, they were described as Native American men between the ages of 18 and 22. They were about 6 feet tall and were wearing black hoodies.

The crime alert has the following safety tips:
— Be aware of your surroundings.
— Carry a cell phone. Make yourself familiar with the locations of the “blue light” phones on the Greenway. If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately.
— Be alert to people loitering on the trail.
— Become familiar with the locations of the exit ramps.
— Ride or walk with a friend if possible, particularly at night.
— If you see someone ahead of you on the trail, trust your instincts. Be prepared to turn back and go the other way if you feel you should.