Mud Island River Park employees, patrons think robbery was 'insi - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mud Island River Park employees, patrons think robbery was 'inside job'

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Two men with a gun robbed Mud Island River Park and its employees before the park even opened for business Tuesday.

Memphis Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the robbery, but park employees said they think the robbery may have been an inside job.

Police said shots were fired during the robbery, but no one was injured. It's unclear at this time how much cash the robbers made off with.

"I've been working here almost 14 years now, and it's very calm," employee Demetria Gordon said.

Gordon said it's weird that the robbers knew exactly where to go for the cash, which is out of the way from visitor traffic.

A man who stores his boat at the park agrees with Gordon. He said he's not worried about his boat being vulnerable to crime, because he thinks Tuesday's crime was an inside job.

"They're not going to use guns to go and rob boats," the man said. "Someone would have the knowledge who either works there or who used to work there."

No matter who is responsible, people who work and play at Mud Island River Park said the criminals need to pay for their crime.

"Hopefully they'll get the guy and get him put away, and we won't have to deal with this kind of stuff again," Gordon said.

The park remained closed Tuesday, but will reopen Wednesday for regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vice President Dorchelle Spence released the following statement commending her team:

The staff of the Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC), the management organization responsible for Mud Island River Park, acted bravely in the midst of the violent robbery. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. At this time, it is uncertain how much, if any, cash was taken. The perpetrators fled the scene.

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