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Chief: Falls Park robbery, assault 'crime of opportunity'

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Reedy River Falls is the focal point of Falls Park in downtown Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina) Reedy River Falls is the focal point of Falls Park in downtown Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)

Greenville's police chief said a group of men robbed, punched and kicked a teenager riding his bike at Falls Park on Thursday night was a "crime of opportunity."

Police said they were called to the downtown Greenville park at 10:40 p.m. where the 19-year-old victim reportedly said about 10 to 12 men approached him as he was riding his bike from Cleveland Park along Furman College Way into Falls Park along the stone bridge.

One man pushed him off of his bike, punched him in the face, and one forced him to lay on the ground at gunpoint, according to the police report.

The victim said they took his bike and the rest of his belongings, and one of them kicked him in the ribs before the group ran away back into the park, according to police.

The victim said he could not get a good description of the men because it was late at night and there was not much lighting in the area, the report stated.

Police said the teen had two friends who were further behind and had stopped to fix something on their bike, preventing them from catching up to their friend until after the robbery.

Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong told FOX Carolina that the robbers saw the victim alone, acting as a "crime of opportunity." She also said it was an isolated event in a more isolated part of the park, but police have stepped up patrols in the area.

According to police, the teen's wallet, iPhone, credit card and bike worth $800 were stolen.

Police said they are reviewing the surveillance video in the area as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-23-CRIME.

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