Criminals won't deter Railroad Park visitors

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - As Birmingham Police investigate an armed robbery at Railroad Park, residents said they will continue to visit the downtown landmark.

Police said the incident happened around 9:45pm Monday evening. Three young men approached another group of men, one pulled out a gun, and got away with a cell phone. No one was hurt. Police are reviewing surveillance tape from the 20 security cameras positioned throughout the park, and urge residents to use the emergency phones if they see anything suspicious.

"We need to catch these guys," said Capt. Henry Irby, "We need the quality of life to stay good around the railroad park and in the city of Birmingham itself."

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said the park's security system is state of the art, but after this incident the city will be reviewing the system to make sure it is as effective as possible. Tuesday afternoon, the walking paths and playgrounds at Railroad park were still filled with people.  Residents said they were surprised to hear about the robbery, and while they were disappointed, they hope this is a reminder for people to be cautious.

"As a woman, you have to be careful," said Alberta Taylor. "You can't trust anyone. You have to be protective of your own safety."

"I really hope the park doesn't get a bad label," said Latoya Hayes. "We want to keep the Railroad Park beautiful and full of people."

Birmingham Police continue to investigate the case, and urge anyone with information to give them a call.

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