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Man, 72, attacked in robbery attempt in Fredericksburg


A 72-year-old man was thrown down and injured Tuesday during an apparent robbery attempt on the Fredericksburg canal path, police said.

The man was on the section of the path leading from Fall Hill Avenue toward the Normandy Village bridge about 10:40 a.m. when he was approached by a younger man coming in the opposite direction, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

As he got close to the victim, Bledsoe said, the man stopped in front of the victim and demanded money. The victim, who lives in a nearby apartment and was out for a pleasure walk, told the other man he had nothing of value.

The victim was then thrown to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face. The attacker eventually ran toward Mary Washington Hospital and the victim went to a home on Normandy Avenue to get help.

The victim was treated at the scene by rescue workers for injuries to his face, right arm and ankle, but he refused to go to the emergency room. An interpreter was called to the scene to assist in the investigation; the victim spoke primarily Spanish.

The suspect was described as a clean-shaven black man in his 30s, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing jeans, a brown jacket and a brown hat with ear covers and he was carrying a backpack.

The description is similar – including the clothing – to the one that was given in connection with a man who exposed himself to a woman on the canal path about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call city police at 373-3122.