Roseburg (KMTR) – Police in Roseburg are warning about the dangers of a walk in the park after dark after a Roseburg man says he was mugged at knifepoint in a local park.
The victim told police he was walking through Gaddis Park after work when three men attacked him. He said one man had a knife and tried to rob him, but the victim had no money with him.
Police Sergeant Aaron Dunbar says the area where it happened is one of the most isolated spots within city limits and is prone to this type of crime.
“Over the years, we have had instances of assault and these types of activities on the bike path, usually after dark. It's not a common occurrence but it does happen occasionally,” Dunbar said.
Some parts of the path through Gaddis Park are a half mile away from any road or normal foot traffic, and those spots are not lit at night.
Dunbar points out that Roseburg parks are closed at night, so it is technically illegal to even walk through them after dark.