Attacks reported at Cherokee Park. Here's what Louisville police are doing

  • In US
  • 2022-08-11 09:05:10Z
  • By The Courier Journal

A string of attempted attacks has raised safety concerns in Cherokee Park, but police and local officials say the grounds are still safe for visitors.

Louisville Metro Police have also increased patrols around the park in response, spokesman Aaron Ellis said.

In three separate incidents, three people reported they'd been approached in the popular Highlands-area park on July 29 and July 30 by a man holding pepper spray and a taser with the intent of using it against them.

The incidents occurred between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. both nights, LMPD spokesman Aaron Ellis said, and witnesses describing the man as wearing dark clothing and an N-95 mask.

The three people who reported being attacked fled, Ellis said, with no significant injuries reported. The man behind the attacks has not been found, he added, though patrols in the area continue as police work to bring "closure to the victims."

Meanwhile, in a separate incident on Aug. 1, according to WLKY, another park attendee said she sought medical attention after a man attacked her with a branch at the park's entrance.

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Ellis said this week he was unable to provide more specific information about the investigations. But "our Fifth Division officers and command continue regular patrols as well as incorporating our Mounted Patrol Unit in and around the park."


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