Here’s a roundup of robberies in the neighborhood in recent weeks, according to police reports.
November 21, 25th and Marion
A man walking at 25th and Marion told police that two men came up behind him around 8:15 p.m. and threw him to the ground. He felt a metal object pressed against his back, which the suspects told him was a gun.
The suspects demanded his property, and he told them there was money in his coat pocket. The suspects removed his coat and took it. It’s unclear from the report if they took his whole coat or just his money.
The suspects then fled in a vehicle. The victim was unable to give a description of the vehicle or the suspects.
November 13, Jackson and Rainier
Two people were assaulted after chasing a group of smart phone robbers off a bus at Jackson and Rainier, according to the police report. The victims told police that they were on the bus around 6 p.m. November 13 when a group of people stole her smart phone and exited the bus.
The victim and her brother chased after them, but they were assaulted and did not recover the phone. From the police report:
The stolen phone had the “Find My Droid” app installed, so police were able to track it to a location near 24th and Charles in Judkins Park. Police approached a group of males near the area they thought matched the description. One of the alleged suspects took off running and was eventually apprehended. However, the victims said the people detained were not the suspects.
Police arrested the man who ran for obstruction.
November 10, 23rd and Cherry
A man was left with a fractured jaw after three men jumped him around 11:15 p.m. near 23rd and Cherry. The victim had visited a friend who worked nearby and had just crossed the street to the northwest corner of the intersection when the three suspects approached him from behind and threw him to the ground.
Two of the suspects then repeatedly punched him in the face, and one of them may have been wearing brass knuckles.
The suspects made off with $451 in cash, as well as the victim’s eyeglasses and ID. He was left with a fractured jaw and was taken to the hospital by an ambulance.