APD Seeks Public Help After Jewel Lake Assault, Robbery
Police are asking for the public’s help in investigating a robbery during which a 76-year-old man was struck in the head at his Jewel Lake home Friday afternoon.
According to a Monday statement from APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, dispatchers received a call from the man’s wife reporting that he had been injured at about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Medics took him to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries to his face and head, where police spoke with him after learning that he had been robbed.
“The victim reported three young light-skinned black males approached him at his residence as he was outside doing yard work and asked him for ‘donations for their team,’” Castro wrote. “After the victim declined the subjects’ request, the victim turned around and next remembers awaking on the ground in ‘a pool of his own blood’ as medics arrived.”
Castro says the man was reportedly struck after telling the group that he only gave donations to specific charities. When they turned around to walk down his driveway, he also turned and was then hit; investigators aren’t sure whether a weapon was used to strike him.
“His wife, who was home at the time, didn’t see or witness any of it, but heard him calling for help,” Castro said.
Castro says the man reported that his wallet and a ring with “value in the thousands” of dollars were taken, along with the keys to his vehicle. The vehicle itself wasn’t stolen, however.
Castro says anyone who is approached in a similar manner, or hears people discussing the Edinburgh Drive robbery, should call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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