RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A violent robbery in downtown Richmond. A man is beaten in the head with a large stick, and then mugged. That attack happened just early Monday morning just after midnight in the two hundred block of East Main Street. The victim survived, but the mugger is still on the loose.
Richmond police say the victim was walking along East Main when he was approached from behind and hit several times with a large stick. Police say the suspect then demanded money. The victim was taken in an ambulance to the VCU Medical Center where he received stitches.
David Gabson and his friends say they come to eat at Third Street Diner often...only a few feet from where the attack happened.
"It actually surprised me. This place seems like a good place. You wouldn't think anything like that could happen. It's surprising. Luckily it wasn't us," Gabson said.
"This is the first time I've really heard something like that happen so it was kind of surprising to hear it happened this close to somewhere we like to go and eat," said Zach Goss.
Some say crimes like this can happen to anyone who's walking alone late at night.
"This place is good as long as you're walking with somebody, and especially at night, it's better just to walk with somebody in a group or something like that," Gabson said. "We were out walking around last night so it could happen to us."
Others say crimes like this can not only happen to anyone, but happen anywhere.
"You think you're in the safest neighborhood in the world but you can get killed and robbed. This world is coming to…you can never expect what's going to happen to you," said Christian Flores.
Police only have a vague description of the suspect. If you have any information you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.