SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Jordan River Parkway is known to be an active area with several hikers, bikers, and joggers taking advantage of the trails. So, it was surprising to some walking the parkway to find out someone had been mugged on the trail on Saturday in broad daylight.
The warm weather brings men, women and children of all ages out to enjoy the warmth of the sun. Darlene Paulsen is one of those people. She lives in the mobile homes directly behind the Jordan River Parkway and takes a stroll down the trail every afternoon. So, it came as a surprise to her to find out someone had been mugged on the same trail she frequently walks.
“I think it’s really unusual that somebody would be mugged, or hurt or anything like that,” she said.
The victim in this case was crossing a bridge near the parkway when two men asked him for some money. When he refused, he turned and began walking away from them. Police say it was then when the assailants managed to grab the victims money and cellphone before feeling from the scene.
The victim described his assailants as two Hispanic males in their early 20’s, believed to be about 6′ tall, with a slender build and shaved heads. The victim says one was wearing a white hat, jeans with a red baggy shirt and red shoes. The other was wearing a baggy black shirt, denim shorts with tall white sock and black Converse.
Detective Cody Lougy with the Salt Lake City Police Department says criminals are taking advantage of the warmer temperatures.
“With the weather warming up, we’re going to see an increase in crime activity. We’ve seen an increase in police calls. So, we are asking the public to be more aware of their surroundings,” said Lougy.
With the increase in activity, officers are asking citizens to watch out for each other and report any suspicious activity in the neighborhoods. To help, police have added extra patrols and have bike cops riding along the trails.
Police say if you have an information about the crime that occurred Saturday, you’re asked to contact Salt Lake City Police at (801) 799-3000. To remain anonymous, you can text your crime tips to 274637. Start the text with the keyword “TIPSLCPD” then a space followed by the relevant information of photos.
Meanwhile, police ask people to keep a watchful eye out and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. They ask that people not leave any valuables in their vehicles and to notify a family member or neighbor if they are going out of town. Police say criminals pick up on clues like newspapers piling up in front yards or mail not being picked up when committing crimes.