Recent park attacks are a concern for Wichita Police Department

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After two separate attacks at Wichita City parks the police department looks to enhance safety.

Recent attacks in local parks have caused park goers to be extra cautious.

Yuri Nichols said, "we never come alone. We always come together as a family. I try to keep them around me."

Tuesday night, a male jogger was groped by two men at Chisholm Creek Park. Police are still looking for those two suspects. The victim says one was 55 years old, the other about 60 years old.
Last month, at Eastview Park, a woman jogging was dragged to nearby bushes and raped at knife point. The woman managed to get away. Her attacked, Benton Baskin, was arrested Tuesday and charged with rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated kidnapping.

Capt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department said, "in this situation when we have these kinds of situations going on we are going to look at how we proactively address it. That could be putting more officers in the parks."

Police advise park-goers to be aware of your surroundings and tell family or friends of your plans. "Something that a lot of people don't do is alert people. their friends, their family 'hey I'm going out walking. I'm going to be out at the park.' Just let them know where you are going to be and when they can expect you back."

While the police department tells KAKE News park attacks are rare, you should always keep your guard up. "Follow that gut instinct. if something that you see is out of the ordinary go ahead and make that call (to the police)."


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