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Details of vicious Newhall robbery emerge

Posted: January 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

More details have emerged about the vicious attack of a man robbed of his wallet in Newhall the day after Christmas, documents maintained at the local sheriff’s station show.

On Dec. 26, a man on disability was knocked to the ground with a head butt from his attacker who then punched the victim as he lay on the sidewalk, according to a report of the incident filed by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the incident.

As the victim was yelling “stop” to his attacker, the robber reached into his pocket and stole his wallet containing $1,140, the report said. The robber then ran to a nearby car driven by a second suspect.

The incident came on the heels of half a dozen “strong arm” robberies before the holidays, most involving purse thefts, most of them in Newhall and most of them involving two suspects.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies are still looking for two men in connection with the attack on the disabled man. The getaway car was described as a grey Toyota Corolla with tinted rear windows last seen northbound on Walnut.

“He was on the east sidewalk when a vehicle that was driving on the street northbound, in the opposite direction stopped,” the responding deputy wrote in his report.

“The passenger exited and asked him for $10 dollars,” he wrote. “The victim reached into his jacket pocket to give the suspect a dollar. 

“The suspect head butted him in face knocking him to the ground. The suspect then reached into the victim’s right rear pants pocket and grabbed his wallet.

“The victim grabbed the suspect’s hand to stop him from taking his wallet. The suspect then punched the victim approximately two times on the left side of this face when he was on the ground,” he wrote. “The suspect ran to and entered the passenger side of the vehicle a (second) suspect was driving.”

Deputies took photographs of the victim’s injuries, which included: swelling to the left side of his face, a red mark on the bridge of his nose, and dried blood around his mouth.

A man and a woman witnessed the attack and provided deputies with descriptions.

One suspect was described as a thin Hispanic man, between 20 and 25 years old, 5-foot-8, about 130 pounds with black hair and wearing a black baseball cap backwards, a black leather jacket with a grey hood, and blue jeans. The second suspect seen driving the car was described as a Hispanic man, about the same age.
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