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by Compiled by Dean DeChiaro
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‘I hate white people’

A Willow Avenue resident was apparently the victim of a hate crime on Monday night, when police say that he was attacked and robbed by two African-American males who made disparaging comments toward the victim about his ethnicity, according to a police report.

The alleged attack took place just before 10 p.m. on Eleventh Street, when the victim was walking home and was struck twice on the neck by men whom police say were dressed in dark clothes. After being hit, the report said, the victim gave his attackers his cell phone and the cash he had on him.

Just as he was handing over his cash, the report said, the victim heard one of his assailants say, “I hate white people,” leading police to add bias intimidation to a list of charges that could be leveled against the attackers if they are arrested.

The victim described the two men as aged 14 to 17, thin, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall. One was carrying a backpack and the other was wearing a red ski cap. Police searched the neighborhood following the attack with negative results.

Probably shouldn’t be driving

Last Sunday, police found a man behind the wheel of a car in a Washington Street parking lot, apparently impaired and bleeding profusely from his face.

Officers responded to the Central Parking lot on the corner of Observer Highway and Washington Street around 3 p.m. after receiving reports of an unconscious man, according to a police report. When they arrived, witnesses said that the man was in the back seat of a four-door Nissan, but when police found the vehicle, it was pulling out of the parking lot, the report said.

When they stopped the vehicle, they found the man incoherent and bleeding from several lacerations on his face. He was not able to describe to police what had taken place, said the report, but witnesses told officers that an unknown number of men had allegedly pushed a woman to the ground and then assaulted the man, knocking him to the ground several times.

Witnesses also told police that after attacking the man, the alleged suspects fled north on Court Street. Parking lot employees told police their security cameras were not functional at the time of the attack.

Just grabbing some dinner…

A Union City resident’s phone was apparently stolen from him as he ate dinner in a Washington Street sandwich shop last Friday evening, according to a police report. Just before 8 p.m., a man dressed in a denim hoodie approached the victim, who was sitting in the shop on the 300 block of Washington Street, and allegedly asked him for his phone.

The victim initially refused to hand over his phone, a $600 LG Intuition, but when he was threatened with violence, he agreed. The man who stole the phone, police said, was African-American and apparently 5 feet 9 inches tall. The victim also told officers that the man had facial hair and was slurring his words.

According to the police report, officers spoke to the restaurant’s staff about procuring any available surveillance footage.

Also, the manager on duty told them that earlier in the day, a man with a similar description to the robber had approached the counter and asked if anyone had found a cell phone. But the manager also told police she believed the man was Hispanic, not African-American, and that he had a tattoo under his left eye.

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