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Men riding bikes attacked, robbed in downtown Cleveland, outside WEWS in two-hour span

September 20, 2018

Men riding bikes attacked, robbed in downtown Cleveland, outside WEWS in two-hour span

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A group attacked two bicyclists in a two-hour span less than a half-mile apart, police said. 

The group robbed a 67-year-old man outside the WEWS-TV building and a 41-year-old man in downtown Cleveland, police reports say.

Police are investigating the possibility that the same people committed both attacks. No arrests have been made.

The incidents happened between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday about a half-mile apart. Both men were riding bicycles at the time they were attacked.

The 41-year-old man reported he riding his bicycle on Cedar Avenue near East 22nd Street on the edge of downtown Cleveland when three men pushed him off his bike, according to police reports.

Two of the men punched the man while he was on the ground while the third rummaged through his pockets and stole $300, according to police.

The man told police that he limped to St. Vincent Charity Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his left eye, shoulder and teeth, police reports say.

A security camera at a nearby business might have recorded the incident, according to police reports.

About two hours later, a 67-year-old man told police he was riding his bike when he noticed two men outside the WEWS-TV building on East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue in the city’s Central neighborhood, according to police reports.

One of the men ran after the bicyclist and the man said he tried to speed up, police reports say. The robber grabbed him, punched him several times in the face and pulled him off the bike, police reports say.

He threw the man to the ground and punched him in the face several times, according to police. The second robber ran over and hit and kicked the man in the face and right side, according to police.

One of the robbers took the man’s cell phone. The group then fought over the bike. The robbers continued punching and kicking the man while trying to pry it from his hands, according to police reports.

The robbers finally ripped the bike from his grasp and ran off on East 30th Street, according to police.

The man suffered a large gash above his right eye, and had swelling to his face and bruises on his side. He was also treated at St. Vincent Hospital.

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