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Two sought in latest American Tobacco Trail attack

Posted September 17, 2013

American Tobacco Trail in Durham

— Police on Tuesday released descriptions of two men wanted in connection with an assault and robbery of a man Saturday afternoon on Durham's American Tobacco Trail.

The man told police he was walking between the South Street and Lawson Street entrances around 12:30 p.m. when two black men wearing red T-shirts and shorts approached him, hit him with a stick and fled with $13.

One of the men was between 18 and 20 years old and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall. The other was between 20 and 25 years old, had a dark complexion, a slim face and dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4415, extension 29306, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Saturday's attack was the latest in a series assaults and robberies on the trail, but there have been no serious injuries reported.


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  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Sep 19, 2013

    It's a funny thing: there are LOTS of people "that look helpless and weak" out on the trail every day, and almost none of them get attacked.

    Rare events are rare events, no matter how much attention local media lavish upon them. Keep patroling the trail, be aware of your surroundings, be prepared to defend yourself -- but don't cower indoors because there's a chance in a thousand that something bad might happen to you. Your couch and TV pose more danger to your well-being than do a few underachieving criminals.

  • feistyredhead2001 Sep 19, 2013

    ....... okay I know this is going to be a very hard concept for some to grasp..... HOW ABOUT PUTTING SOME UNDER COVER COPS OUT THERE THAT LOOK HELPLESS AND WEAK???? you may then find them...

  • cjw6105 Sep 17, 2013

    The problem isn't the Tobacco Trail itself but rather that it's in Durham.

  • RonnieR Sep 17, 2013

    I looked at the rules on the rails to trails web site for ATT and I see no weapons prohibition. No alcohol, scoop after your dogs and lots of rules about right of way for horses, bikes, etc, but nothing about weapons.

  • flyguync Sep 17, 2013

    Too bad concealed carry is prohibited on the trail, maybe next time the goons wouldn't have walked away with $13 for their stupidity. Another "gun-free" zone targeted by criminals, who would have thought it.

  • cpdtg Sep 17, 2013

    maybe some people who carry need to walk this trail on a daily basis a couple of criminals getting shot might slow this stuff down

  • Bill of Rights Sep 17, 2013

    One of these days these goons are going to attack the wrong person on the trail, and they're going to be very well ventilated for it.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Sep 17, 2013

    So sick of these no-good criminals ruining a great outdoor venue for families/walkers/runners. Just pathetic.