JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Twenty-three old Jeffery Henry was taking a walk in Craighead Forest park Sunday night when another man approached him , pulled a folding knife out of his pocket and slashed Henry in his arm as he used it to defend himself.
Henry was then struck in the face by what he believes was the suspects fist. The suspect ran to his car and fled the scene before Henry could see his license plate number.
Henry was taken to St. Bernards and appeared to be ok but Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police says he shouldn't have been out there in the first place.
"It is against violation and against city ordinance to be in the park after it's closed," said Sgt. Waterworth.
According to parks and recreation, Craighead Forest Park closes at dark.
"It closes thirty minutes after sunset and doesn't reopen until thirty minutes before sunrise," said Sgt. Waterworth.
It's safer to have someone with you just in case something happens.
"Go in pairs if you're going to exercise and run its more fun to run with somebody and converse while you run," said Sgt. Waterworth.
If you choose to go alone, Sgt. Waterworth said let them know what route or trail you tend to take.
"It's important to let someone know where you are going to be," said Sgt. Waterworth.
Whether you're alone or with someone else, make sure at least one of you has a way to get a hold of someone in case of an emergency.
"If you have your cell phone with you, you're able to use it to take photographs of the suspect, of the suspect vehicle or you can dial 911 from your cell phone," said Sgt. Waterworth.