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Police patrols increase in Stevens Point city park after brutal beating

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Stevens Point police are increasing security in city parks after authorities say a brutal beating took place at Iverson Park Monday night.

"Witnesses described one male being beaten by a group of males," said Sgt. Tony Babl of the Stevens Point Police Department.

The beating sent that person to the hospital. People who visit the park say they're still surprised about what happened.

"I guess I just wondered why it would happen here, and just kind of shocked that it had happened," said Esther Brown of Stevens Point.

"It does shock me and surprises me actually,” said Brittany Kirsch of Stevens Point. “I didn't hear about it."

A sergeant with the police department says he's still trying to figure out what happened.

"I can't recall the last time we had an incident to this magnitude that we've had in a park in a very long time," said Babl.

People visiting the park say they're already seeing increased security.

"I saw a couple of police cars and an SUV, and then a regular one," said Kirsch.

They say they're happy police are taking steps to make the parks safer.

"I’ve never heard of anything like that happening,” said Kirsch. “So maybe if it was toward the evening, toward close it would be a better idea when it's dark out."

Others say the extra patrols won't affect them that much.

"I did think about it, taking a more open route instead of in the woods,” said Brown. “But like I said, I have my dogs so I shouldn't be too worried about it."

Regardless, the sergeant says people should still be extra cautious when in the parks.

"Be aware of your surroundings in the parks by keeping your cell phone by you and things like that, and report any suspicious incidence, people or vehicles," said Babl.

Advice that police say could keep this from happening again.

Police say they're still looking for the suspects involved in the fight. So far, no one has been arrested.

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