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October 5, 2011

National Night Out in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE — Huntsville on Tuesday hosted National Night Out – an event created to build awareness of neighborhood crime, such as robberies, break-ins, and violent crimes like sexual assault and home invasion.

For the last couple of years, Huntsville National Night Out has been a parade through the various Neighborhood Watch communities.

This year, community service providers opted to have a central party, with Target being the main sponsor and host of the event.

The Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville Fire Department, Huntsville/Walker County EMS, Entergy and Centerpoint Entergy were all on scene to give citizens basic crime safety awareness information.“We just wanted to come out and spend the evening meeting and greeting with the people of our community,” HPD Officer Blane Rodger said Tuesday. “There are different things set up for the kids to do, like a moonwalk other games for them to play.

“We’re here to give citizens some comfort and bring awareness to crime safety awareness.”

While residents took part in the event Tuesday night by receiving safety badges and crime safety education Huntsville police had plenty of examples of real crimes perpetrated on Huntsville victims.

Perhaps a prime example of the crimes National Night Out targets occurred just last week at The Vineyards, an apartment complex on El Toro Drive.

The suspects of the Sept. 27 robbery were reported as two men wearing black clothing who knocked on the door of the residence.

But when the door was answered, the suspects ran through to a locked bedroom door and knocked it down before assaulting one of the occupants in the room

Authorities said the weapon may have been “some type of club.”

After assaulting the victim, the suspects took a large flat screen television and fled the apartment. Witnesses observed them flee the apartment complex in a gray or blue four-door car.

The robbery suspects are still at-large. Anyone with additional information on this crime is encouraged by police to contact HPD at (936) 291-5480 or Walker County Crime Stoppers at (936) 294-9494.

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