ANTIOCH (KRON) — A string of armed robberies near neighborhood parks in Antioch are now becoming a major safety concern for people who live nearby.
Antioch police are investigating at least four armed robberies, all happening late in the evening.
The latest incident happened at Dallas Ranch Park.
All four of those armed robberies listed on the city manager’s weekly report happened sometime between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
And, in each case, it appears the suspects were armed with handguns.
“I prey no one gets shot,” resident Benjamin Mejia said.
So far, no one has, and Mejia hopes it stays that way.
“Just let your money go. Whatever you have, It’s not worth it,” he said.
Last week, late Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, armed robberies were reported at Diablo West Park, Williamson Ranch Park, Country Manor Park and Dallas Ranch Park.
In each case, the Antioch police confirm two suspects, parked behind their victims, who were sitting in parked cars near the parks.
The suspects approached both the passenger and driverside windows and pointed a gun inside. Purses, cellphones, and cash were stolen.
In one instance, the suspects grabbed the victim’s car keys and threw them somewhere in the park.
White and silver-colored sedans were used to commit some of the crimes.
“To hear things like that is kind of shocking because you know it’s a kid neighborhood,” neighbor Madina Achakzai said. “There’s children. There’s moms.”
So far, no injuries have been reported.
“I feel sorry for the people who live right here,” Mejia said. “If there’s gunfire, you know, a stray bullet can hurt somebody or a child even.”
For now, it’s best to avoid parks late at night, police said.
But if you do have to park in the area, find a well-lit area.