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Early morning attacks in same area as robbery, assault earlier this month


Indiana Borough police report two robberies overnight, both within a block of each other and both in a ten-minute time span.


The first robbery occurred as a man was walking into a fitness center at 655 Church Street at about 2 AM.  Police say that as he walked into the building, two men began yelling and ran after him.  The victim got into the building, but the suspects caught up to him, pushed him down a flight of stairs, punched him and struck him in the head with a glass liquor bottle.  They stole his wallet and fled in an unknown direction.


In the second robbery, at about 2:10 AM, a woman was walking near the intersection of South Carpenter and Gompers avenues when she was asaulted by a man who stole her cell phone and purse, and then fled. 


The descriptions of the suspects in the first robbery are of two black males, both in their early twenties.  One of them is about six feet tall with a medium build, and was wearing a white t-shirt, black hat with a red brim, and possibly wore a goatee.  The second suspect had a heavier build and possibly orange facial hair.


In the second robbery, the suspect was a black college-aged male, about five-feet-seven, with short hair, and wearing either an orange jacket or orange sweatshirt.


On November 2nd, a man came upon the break-in of a car in the parking lot behind the American Legion onGompers Avenue.  He confronted the two suspects and was assaulted, and they then stole something from the car and fled on foot.  No arrests have been announced in that incident.  The suspects are both described as black college-aged men, one of them slender and about 6 feet tall, the other about 5'8", with a medium build.


Anyone with information on any of these three incidents is urged to call police at 349-2121.   

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