This story has been updated.
A man was robbed while walking home on the Atlanta Beltline early Sunday morning, Atlanta Police said.
The robbery is part of an apparent uptick in crime on the multi-use trail.
The incident occurred in the vicinity of 400 Village Parkway on the Eastside Trail around 1 a.m. on Aug. 6. The victim was walking to his home near Ponce City Market.
According to the police report, the victim said he was on his way home when suspects – described as “two young black males wearing all black clothing” – ran up behind him. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and pointed it at him. The suspect demanded money and the victim pulled money out of his front pocket and out of his wallet. The suspects then demanded his cell phone, which he turned over. The suspects told the victim to turn around and walk in the opposite direction, but the victim refused. The suspects ran south along the Beltline.
Police said there was a camera in the vicinity, but the report doesn’t say if it had footage of the suspects.
The victim recounted his experience in a post that was published on Reddit. He advised people to not walk home alone on the Beltline late at night and “Don’t ever have a false sense of security.”
There were two other Beltline robberies reported this year. The Atlanta Police Department PATH Force unit was launched in July 2013. It has 15 officers, two sergeants and one lieutenant. Prior to 2017, there was only one robbery reported on the Beltline between 2013 and 2016, according to information provided by APD.
The pace of robberies has increased this year.
In January, four women walking on the Beltline were robbed at gunpoint between the Ladybird restaurant and the Mariposa lofts. The incident occurred shortly after midnight. In February, robbery suspects pistol-whipped a man during an early-evening robbery in Old Fourth Ward Park before fleeing toward the Beltline.