Robbery at Brookside park rattles community, but teens still feel safe

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Staring down the barrel of a shotgun, a group of Kansas City teenagers were robbed in their Brookside neighborhood park.

The incident took place around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, August 3. No arrests have been made -- and, fortunately, no one was hurt.

But those who live in the area are shocked, especially the teenagers who hang out in the park during the summer. According to Jonathan McHugh, he noticed a group of young people that he didn't recognize.  He says they waited until the right moment to strike -- when everyone was heading home, except for a small group of his friends.

The suspects pointed a shotgun and demanded money, car keys, jewelry and cellphones. They got away with much more than just stuff. They also robbed some of their security.

"I don't think people should be worried, but it's definitely, once it gets dark you got to be careful, which is common sense," McHugh said.

Cecelia Butler, who also hangs out at the park agrees.

"It's just scary," she said. "Everybody needs to be cautious of where you are at night because when you're at a park at night, it's going to be more dangerous."

One of the suspects stole car keys but couldn't get the car started, so he took off.

Despite the incident, McHugh said he still loves his neighborhood.

"I still feel fine growing up here, exercising, riding my bike, running, hanging out with friends," he said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.TIPS.

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