Runners robbed on Monon Trail

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INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. (October 17, 2015)–Extra police patrols were called to the Monon Trail after two robbery incidents, just hours apart, in broad-daylight Saturday afternoon.

The first incident was reported around 12:15 p.m. just south of East 86th Street. A 41-year-old victim told police he was jogging on the Monon Trail when he was jumped by four male juveniles.  The victim said one of the juveniles knocked him to the ground and then all four juveniles began hitting and kicking him.

According to police, the four took his iPhone 6 and then walked north on the Monon.

Police said he had swelling on the left side of his face and a small cut on the bridge of his nose.

While talking with the victim, police say ten people stopped to tell the investigating officer they were also harassed by the same juveniles earlier in the day.

At 2:24 p.m. Metro police were called back out to the same area on a second report of a robbery on the Monon Trail.

A second victim, 47,  told police he was running southbound on the trail when he saw a group of 4 to 5 males walking northbound.  He said as he approached the group, one person threw a punch, hitting him in the nose.

He said all the subjects began to grab him, pulling him off the trail into a wooded area nearby.  He then said all of the subjects began to punch him in the head.

The suspects never demanded anything verbally, but called him names and cursed at him while attacking him.

The subjects reportedly stole his cell phone, armband and car keys before fleeing south on the trail.