May 26, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Arrest Silver Springs Park Robbery Suspect

Officers from the Springfield Police Department were dispatched to a pavilion in Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, this afternoon at 1539 hours in response to a call from a citizen who said she had just been robbed. The victim stated she was sitting at a table in the pavilion holding her baby and talking on her cellular telephone when a black male subject approached her. The suspect grabbed her cellular telephone and a diaper bag and fled to a nearby scooter.

The suspect left the park on the scooter.

An officer later spotted a person matching the description of the suspect running in the area of Prospect and Lynn. A perimeter was set up and a canine began searching the area. A tip was received that the suspect had walked into a nearby business. Officers responded and made the arrest without incident. The suspect was identified and was transported to the Greene County Jail where he was booked in for 2nd Degree Robbery. The scooter used in the incident was located nearby and has been impounded. The diaper bag and its contents were recovered, but the cellular telephone has not been located. Should a citizen locate a cellular telephone in the vicinity of the park or the search area, they should contact 864-1810 and ask that an officer be dispatched to take custody of it. Formal charges are pending against the suspect.

SPD Case Number: 09-22797

Media Contact: Watch Commander, phone: 864-1810; Release authorized by: Lt. Kevin Grizzell

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 •