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Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 9:54 a.m.

Man punched by 4 attackers then robbed of his cellphone

By Kyle Feldscher

A 25-year-old Ann Arbor man had to seek medical treatment after he was assaulted and robbed early Thursday morning by four unknown men.

Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said the man had gone to the bar with some friends before going to Pizza House for a late-night meal Thursday. At 3 a.m., he was walking in the 900 block of Oakland Avenue when four men approached him.

One of the men told him “Don’t ever look at my girlfriend again” and a second man pushed the 25-year-old man to the ground. Bush said the four men punched the man in the face and one of them stole his cellphone.

It took until Friday for the incident to be reported to police. The man went for treatment at Urgent Care in the 500 block of North Maple Road. Personnel there notified police of the incident.

One man was described as white, 5-foot-10 inches tall, with dark hair and wearing a dark jacket. The man was unable to describe any of the other three men, Bush said.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAK UP (773-2587)

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:40 p.m.

They have an app for that. Download and find the phone. Simple as that. I heard it was done a while ago.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

Walking the streets at 3 a.m. ?? I guess I will never understand it.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Never had to study late during school man?


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 7:31 p.m.

I agree with badgerboy, there just isn't enough cops. According to the 2010 census there is approximately 115,000 people living in Ann Arbor; add another 30,000 students and I say we hire about 145,000 cops so that we all can have our own personal bodyguard at all times. We all know that all cops do is eat donuts and drink coffee, firefighters sleep, cook chili and play with their dalmation ( insert any other stereotype about public safety workers here). I like the way this badgerboy thinks, I say raise everyone's taxes one thousand percent to pay for these personal bodyguard cops so that badgerboy can walk alone without being afraid or crying.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:56 p.m.

Yes they do civilian ride-alongs and all you need to do is ask for one. Also yes when I did mine, the student ghettos were in fact one of the first stops that evening. Still they can't be everywhere all the time and in this instance they were more likely to be in even more troublesome spots, like nearer the bars that would've let out shortly before.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:41 p.m.

Sorry I wasn't clear Rice, When I was saying campus i meant the student ghetto. This is where the crime is. Where the robberies and muggings are. I was just referring to it as campus. My bad. These areas where students live "off campus" (right next to it) are not patrolled by the UofM security. They are Ann Arbor City and they need a patrol in the area on the weekends. I am very aware that city is cutting funding to the fire department. Its insane. I still don't see why that is relevant to this discussion. The fire department will show up if there is a fire in the student ghetto. I've lived here for most of my life. So your assumption is wrong. Do they do ride along? That might be interesting...if they do indeed have a patrol in this area.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:29 a.m.

@Badgerboy. More speculation on your part and some obvious mistakes. UMPD is responsible for the campus. AAPD for everywhere else. Your statement that cops come to campus to write easy tickets confuses them. To which are you referencing? I am guessing from your postings that you are a student from out of the area and have not been here that long. Bringing up firefighters has to do with how AA's safety services have been gutted for many years now and how both PD and FD have very few resources to be everywhere all the time. Ask AAPD for a ride along sometime. I bet you will learn a thing or two. Like how they DO patrol known trouble areas and at those times that are likely to be troublesome.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.

I think you are overreacting a bit..I ask that they have a patrol in the area where there is HIGH crime during a certain time. Its an obvious pattern. Im not asking for anything outrages, drive a cop car around the area during this time. People see that cops are not in the area and they know there are easy targets. I stopped hanging out around there and moved to an area of town where I dont have to worry at night. Not sure why you brought firefighters into this. I dont think the cops sit around and eat donuts, I do think they come on to campus and write easy tickets to make money for the city. The city doesn't seem to care that much when they cant pillage students for money. I don't really blame individual cops for this, pretty sure they go patrol where they are told to.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 5:52 p.m.

When we hear a story like this we automatically assume that the victim was attacked completely at random and for no reason. It is possible this victim was drunk and acting inappropriately, i.e. shouting at another guy's girlfriend or making rude comments to others. If he was attacked at random I do feel sorry for him, but people usually don't get beat up for no reason.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

While I agree that we can't make any assumptions on this incident based on limited facts, I do take exception to your claim that "people usually don't get beat up for no reason". Google the knockout game sometime


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 7:24 p.m.

By "we", you mean "you" and "who else"?


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 6:48 p.m.

wow assume much? Sure there is always a reason. Sometimes only the perpetrator knows what that is and it may have nothing to do with the VICTIM other than being unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I for one am not speculating in either direction


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

The police refuse to have patrols around this area of campus between 12-3am on the weekends. This is when people are getting robbed all the time. On the other hand if its welcome week they cops are alllllll around the area. Its interesting. If they can write tickets they are there if its to protect citizens they are not. I have watched cops post up on streets for years to give open intoxication tickets but whenever its late at night and there are no parties and it feels unsafe. NO cops. Gotta be ready to get attacked I guess. Travel with pepper spray


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

Lived in the area for 5 years. know lots of people who were robbed walking home. Including people who were not drunk. Just late night studying. From what I noticed there was a low level of law enforcement. Speculation from personal observations.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

Pepper spray? Smith & Wesson would deter a lot more of these gangs........ Get to bed by 9 - 9:30 and there wouldn't be all these problems.......


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 9:21 a.m.

Wow just wow. I don't suppose you've actually discussed this with any representatives from AAPD to confirm your outright speculation? And yes you should always be ready to be attacked. Yes it is a good idea to at least carry pepper spray. You are and will be the first responder to any critical incident you are involved with after all.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 4 p.m.

This is becoming a common occurrence it would seem.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 3:37 p.m.

Was it an iPhone or an Android?