JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman was robbed at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on East Nettleton Avenue, according to a Jonesboro police report.
With the recent time change, it gets dark earlier when people are leaving work. Jonesboro police say these crimes are more likely to happen when it is dark because it is easier to hide and easier to get away.
The woman was leaving Sue's Nu-Energy, where she works, to walk out to her car. According to the police report, two men approached the woman from behind, shoved her into her car, and demanded her purse and anything else she had.
She claims she felt something "hard and cold" in her back. She complied and gave the two men her belongings. The report states the men then ran away.
Detective Brandon King said she did the right thing.
"If they've already got a position of advantage over you, it's typically not worth it," King said. "If they are looking for property just give it up. The items can be replaced. The people can't."
He said this is especially important when you are attacked from behind or can't see it coming. Detective King added being aware of your surroundings is important to safety.
"Be mindful, you know who is normally in the parking lot in the afternoons," he said "Pay attention to people who are out of place, that just strike you as unusual."
Brandon said it may seem like common sense but always try to park in well-lit areas, try not to walk alone at night, and carry any belongings close to your body.
There have been no arrests in the case, but police say it is an open investigation, and they are looking for leads. Detective King believes this is an isolated incident and said he sees no reason for anyone to panic.