Jemison Park patrons on high alert

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — Mountain Brook Police are cautioning runners to be aware of their surroundings when running or walking on Jemison Park Nature Trail. This comes after two rare incidences that happened on the trail in a span of a few months.

In December, a group of Mountain Brook Junior High 9th grade girls were robbed at gunpoint on the trail. This week, police released a sketch of the suspect in hopes that the drawing will lead to an arrest.

“We don’t give up on cases like this. Especially something as serious as an armed robbery,” said Mountain Brook Police Lieutenant Jay Williams.

The second alarming incident happened the weekend of April 3 when 26-year-old Jonathan Clark White of Tarrant was arrested for indecent exposure. A concerned citizen called police to report a suspicious man watching runners from his car on the corner of Overbrook Road and Park Brook Road. When police found White, he was not wearing any pants and said “he was trying to get a thrill.”

“This is not something that happens every day,” said Williams. “This is why it’s so important that people call if they see suspicious activity or suspicious persons.”

After these two recent incidents, locals say they have been practicing extra caution while walking the trail. Elizabeth Crommelin said she jogs on the trail at least four times a week.

“Just because we are here on Jemison Trail, and there are lot of houses and cars nearby, you still want to be aware,” Crommelin said.

While Jemison Park is located in Mountain Brook, the trail is enjoyed by people all across the Birmingham metro area.

Robert Boland lives in New York City. Every time he visits Birmingham said he makes a point to walk on the Jemison Trail because it is beautiful and safe.

“I don’t think there is any place in the world as pretty as Mountain Brook, and there’s no better place to walk,” said Boland.

Mountain Brook police always encourages people to run with a friend and have a cell phone with them. They also said people should never hesitate to call the police if they see anything suspicious.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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