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Posted on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 11:11 a.m.

Man knocked down and robbed of wallet and phone in Ann Arbor

By John Counts

A 62-year-old man was pushed to the ground and robbed by an acquaintance in Ann Arbor Thursday night, police say.

The Ann Arbor man was walking southbound on in the 500 block of North Main Street around 8:35 p.m. when he was pushed from behind. His phone, wallet and cash reportedly were taken from him.

The 40-year-old male suspect was known to the victim, police said. He was described as six feet tall, 180 pounds, wearing all dark clothing.

The 62-year-old suffered abrasions on his left knee.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 6:34 a.m.

With friends like this who needs enemies

John Counts

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

This is the suspect description police provided. I'm guessing they got the description from the victim. I'm not sure how else a more comprehensive description could be provided.


Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 5:32 a.m.

John, I almost feel guilty for being critical but you might "pass on" to AAPD that they're getting MIGHTY VAGUE lately. That's not your fault -but when someone gets vague with me I generally ask them to STOP - so I expect you often do the same? Recently, I think it was in one of your articles, the police spokesperson said that they'd sent a massive response to a location due to a "mental illness issue." If you guys are going to be so un-demanding as to let such inexcusable vagueness go, then who are we supposed to count on for actual details? Also re: " I'm not sure how else..." bears directly on the above, if you - a reporter - aren't sure how to get information from sources like our police department - who is? Best wishes anyway. :-)


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

It says..."robbed by an acquaintance in Ann Arbor Thursday night" why not give the alleged perp's description or the suspect's name so he can do the right thing and turn himself soon as I become a 5'10" 20 year old supermodel...


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

Great description, why even include that vague of a description. Did this suspect have a race or skin color or was he invisible? Any facial hair, what color was the hair on his head was it purple. Perhaps we should be on the lookout for a 6'0 180lb invisible man with a purple head of hair. Great reporting, keep up the good work. P.S. Because he's invisible the only portion of him that is visible will be his purple hair. Be on the lookout.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 4:47 p.m.

Since he took his phone, just call him and track him using the G.P.S. on the phone. That is possible isn't it.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

I imagine he didn't take the phone to keep as his own personal cell phone, they are generally turned off and sold.