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Police: Man beaten, robbed in Spring Garden

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Spring Garden Township Police say a robbery and an attempted robbery happened on Jackson Street.
  • A man was beaten and robbed, and another group of people was asked to empty their pockets, police said.
  • Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call police at (717) 843-0851

Police are investigating two robbery incidents that occurred in Spring Garden Township on Monday night.

Spring Garden Township Police were called at 7:41 p.m. to the 400 block of West Jackson Street for a reported robbery and attempted robbery, police said.

First incident: The first incident happened about 7:35 p.m., when a man walking in that area was struck in the back of his head and pushed to the ground, according to police.

While he was on the ground, robbers continued to assault him and took his wallet and two cellphones from his pocket before fleeing on foot, police said.

The man had a laceration on the back of his head from the attack, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The man's phones and a weapon were found during a search of the area, police said. No description of the weapon was given, and a message left for a Spring Garden Township Police official for clarification was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

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Second incident: Police say at 7:42 p.m., a robbery attempt was reported in the same block. A group of people were walking in that area when a vehicle approached and parked across the street, police said.

A teenager wearing a ski mask and dark red hoodie exited the vehicle and "aggressively" approached the group with his hands in his pockets, police said.

He told the group to empty their pockets.

One victim ran, and the teenager turned around and got back into the vehicle, which police say then fled east on West Jackson Street.

Suspects: The suspect in the second incident is described as a black male, about 14 years old, 5-foot-5 with a thin build. Police did not have a description of the suspects in the first incident.

The vehicle in the second incident is described as a maroon Ford Expedition with several males in it.

Police say a suspect in a robbery drove off in this vehicle. Photo courtesy of Spring Garden Township Police.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call police at 717-843-0851 or email the department at police@sgtpd.org.

Tips may be given to the York County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-722-0991 or going online to www.yorkcountycrimestoppers.org.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.