A person of interest was detained but later released late Tuesday evening after two reported robberies at Shelby Farms earlier in the evening, a Shelby County Sheriff spokesman said.
According to county police, there were two reported robberies involving at least two people that were reported in the 7 p.m. hour around Shelby Farms park.
The first report was of an armed robbery near the walking trail in proximity of Mullins Station. The first victim reported two individuals approached them. Another call to the sheriff stated two additional victims were approached by one person who was armed.
While interviewing the first victim, a second victim called regarding another robbery. Both victims were female and items taken included cell phones and jewelry.
While taking statements from the victims, a park ranger observed a suspect running into the woods. An area was cordoned off and searches were conducted. A sheriff's spokesman said a male emerged from the woods and stated he also had been robbed, and he was later investigated by sheriff detectives.
The unidentified man was questioned in regards to a third robbery and subsequently released.
There were no reported injuries.
Memphis police sent crews to Shelby Farms Park to assist after they received information regarding two earlier robberies at the Country Squire Apartments on Germantown Parkway and Walnut Grove, which are located not too far from Shelby Farms.
The sheriff's spokesman said evidence is being processed and this remains an active investigation.
With visitors running and walking all over the 6,000-acre park, seeing someone coming out of a wooded area is not unusual. Those who talked with FOX13 News said they have not been concerned about crime at Shelby Farms.
"We've just lived here in the area about a year. (I walk in the park) about two or three times a month," said one park guest. "I've never been bothered by anyone. We used to go to Chickasaw but started coming here; but never been bothered? No."
The reported robberies remain under investigation. If you can assist the sheriff's office, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-526-CASH.
FOX13 News reporter Earle Farrell contributed to this report.
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