Boulder police are investigating a string of robberies, or attempted robberies, reported between Nov. 1 and this morning in which a man -- and in some cases two or three men -- confronted and assaulted male victims.
Investigators are unsure whether the crimes are related.
• In the first episode, between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Nov. 1, a 21-year-old man was forced to the ground by two men who searched his pockets for his wallet, according to police. The incident happened near 10th and Marine streets. The alleged victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The suspects were described as wearing dark clothes and possibly beanies and believed to be white.
• The second incident happened late on Nov. 9 or early on Nov. 10, some time between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Three men were walking near 11th and Pearl streets when an unknown man tackled one of the three, pushing him into another and causing all three to fall to the ground.
The suspect searched two of the victim's pockets for their wallets, according to police. One of the victims was taken to the hospital.
The suspect in this incident is described as a white man, 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing 180-190 pounds. He was wearing large black gauge earrings, a grey hooded sweatshirt, a black beanie and had blonde hair. The victim reported to police that the suspect's nose looked "crooked."
• The third reported crime took place around 2:15 a.m. Nov. 17 in the 1100 block Lawry Lane. Police said the 23-year-old male victim suffered serious injuries. He told police that he and a friend stopped to give an unknown man a cigarette, and that man became verbally aggressive while one of the other men began punching the alleged victim. A friend of the alleged victim tried to break up the fight. The victim was later taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Witnesses described one of the suspects as having chin-length blond hair. He was wearing a baseball cap that was on backwards. The other two suspects had shorter brown hair, thin builds and were about 6 feet 2 inches tall, according to police.
• In the fourth incident, police say a male jogger was stopped at 6:30 a.m. today and was asked for assistance by an unknown man while in the area of Third Street and Arapahoe Avenue on the bike path. Once he stopped, two other males joined and the three males began to assault the jogger and went through his pockets. The alleged victim fought back and may have seriously injured one of the suspects. The suspects are between 25 and 30 years.
The main aggressor who first contacted the victim is described as a white man, 6 feet tall, 225 pounds, with a brown beard and he was wearing a beanie cap, flannel jacket and steel-toed construction boots. He may have an injury near his left eye.
The second suspect is a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, brown beard that is closely cropped, who was wearing construction-type pants -- possibly Carhartt brand -- and a baseball cap.
The male may have an injured right hand. The third suspect is a dark-skinned white or Hispanic male who spoke some Spanish.
He's described as being 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a sparse, black mustache. He was wearing jeans and a large-patterned shirt over a hoodie.
He was also wearing plain Van-type shoes.
Police are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information is asked 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 may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (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(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.