Boulder police investigate four violent robberies and attempted robberies where men were attacked

Police: Unclear if attacks are related

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police are investigating four violent robberies and attempted robberies where attackers ranging from one to three men jumped male victims.

Several victims were injured, two seriously.

Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said investigators haven't determined if the incidents are related.

The strong-arm robberies spanned from Nov. 1 to Nov. 27, with two happening on or near the Pearl Street Mall, one on University Hill and the fourth on the Boulder Creek Path.

The first incident happened at about 1 a.m. on Nov. 1. A 21-year-old man was walking with friends near 10th and Marine streets when he stopped to chat with an acquaintance. As the man ran to catch up with his friends, he was knocked to the ground by two men, who searched his pocket for his wallet, police said.

One of his friends heard the commotion and rushed back to help, and the attackers ran off. The victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Witnesses couldn't provide detailed descriptions, saying the men may have been white and were wearing dark clothing and possible beanies, police said.

The second attack occurred between 11 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 1 a.m. on Nov. 10. Three male friends were walking near 11th and Pearl streets when a man rushed up and tackled one of the men, knocking him into his two friends so they all fell down, police said.

The attacker searched two of the fallen men's pockets for their wallets, police said. One victim was treated at a hospital.

The attacker was described as a white man with blond hair who stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed between 180 to 190 pounds. He was wearing large gauge earrings, a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie.

A victim said the man had a crooked nose that appeared to have been broken in the past.

The third attack took place at about 2:15 a.m. on Nov. 17 in the 1100 block of Lawry Lane. A 23-year-old man told police he and a friend stopped to give an unidentified man a cigarette. The man was with two other men.

The man who was given the cigarette became verbally aggressive and another man began punching the 23-year-old victim, police said. The victim's friend broke up the attack and the three men left.

The victim was treated for serious injuries at a hospital.

Witnesses said one man had chin-length blond hair and wore a baseball hat backwards. The other two men had shorter brown hair, thin builds and were about 6 feet 2 inches tall.

The fourth incident happened about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday as a man was jogging on the Boulder Creek Path near Third Street and Arapahoe Avenue.

 The jogger said he was stopped by a man asking for assistance and then two other men appeared. The trio attacked the jogger and went through his pockets, police said.

The victim fought back and may have seriously injured one of the attackers in his left eye, police said.

The three attackers are between 25 and 30 years of age. Police gave these additional descriptions:

  • The main attacker who approached the jogger was described as a white man who was 6 feet tall and weighed 225 pounds. He had a brown beard and was wearing a beanie cap, a flannel jacket and steel-toed construction boots. The man may have an injured left eye.
  • The second suspect is a white man who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall with medium build and a closely cropped brown beard. The man was wearing construction-type pants and a baseball cap. He may have injured his right hand.
  • The third suspect was a dark-skinned white or Hispanic man, who spoke Spanish. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had a sparse, black mustache and was wearing jeans, a large-patterned shirt over a hoodie and colored Van-style shoes.

Police asked anyone with information about the incidents to call the Boulder Police Department Detective Section at 303-441-3330 or the Tip Line at 303-441-1974.

Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can call the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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