Man punched in attempted robbery near east-side park

A 19-year-old man was assaulted Wednesday night as he walked near East Grand River Park, police said.
Becky Vargo
May 31, 2012


The Grand Haven man was also ordered to empty his pockets, but he told police that his attackers became concerned that someone was calling police and they fled the scene before taking anything.

The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

The man was walking on the sidewalk along Franklin Avenue near the park about 9:10 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and three males got out, Freeman said. According to the victim, one of the suspects grabbed his shoulders, while another demanded he empty his pockets. He was also punched in the face.

A witness to the incident confirmed the victim’s account, Freeman said.

The suspects are two white males and one African-American or Hispanic male, Freeman said. They were wearing baseball caps and bandanas on their faces — each a different color. They were also wearing shorts.

Police searched the area and alerted other area law enforcement agencies, but didn't find the suspects.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety at 842-3460, Central Dispatch at 800-249-0911 or Silent Observer at 877-88 SILENT (745368).


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