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Probe into robberies continues

by The Indiana Gazette on November 18, 2013 11:00 AM

Police are looking for leads in the two strong-arm robberies that happened just minutes apart, and one block away from each other, early Friday morning in Indiana.

Borough police report that follow-up is being done, but nothing new has been uncovered in the ongoing investigation.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, an unidentified man was assaulted and robbed when entering a fitness center at 655 Church St.

Two assailants pushed him down a flight of steps, punched him and hit him in the head with a glass liquor bottle, according to police.

The perpetrators stole the man’s wallet and fled in an unknown direction.

Police said the suspects are two black males, both in their early 20s. One is thought to stand about 6 feet tall with a medium build and possibly a goatee. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a black hat with a red brim.

The second suspect is thought to have a heavier build and, possibly, orange facial hair.

Only 10 minutes after the first assault and robbery, an unknown man attacked a woman at the intersection of South Carpenter Avenue and Gompers Avenue.

The suspect stole her cellphone and her purse, then fled, according to police.

The suspect in the second incident is described by police as a college-age black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with short hair. He was wearing an orange sweatshirt or jacket.

Police said this morning that there currently appears to be no connection between the two robberies.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact Indiana police at (724) 349-2121.

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