February 3, 2017

Man attacked and robbed in Marathon

A Marathon man told deputies he was attacked and robbed on his way home from work Thursday night.

The 46 year old victim told Deputy Matthew Cory he was riding his bike home from work at about 9:45 p.m. He said he was in the vicinity of the Fairway Market in Marathon when he rode past two men who were walking on the sidewalk. He said he’d seen the men before, around town.

He said one of the men asked him for a cigarette and he stopped to give them one. As he was getting a cigarette out of the pack, the men attacked him. They punched him, knocking him off his bike and onto the ground. They continued to kick and punch him, then rummaged through his pockets. They took his cell phone and his bicycle. They asked him for money, but he said he didn’t have any.

The victim walked to Fishermen’s Hospital for treatment of injuries to his face. The hospital called the Sheriff’s Office to report the attack.

The suspects are described as black males; one in his 30s with “the largest dreads in the city”, according to the victim. The other is in his 40s, very tall with short hair. The victim said the second suspect has only been in town for a short time.

Detective Leon Bourcier has been assigned to investigate the case.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Sheriff's Office. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys. If a Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest, the caller would be eligible for a cash reward. The Crimestoppers hot line number is 1-800-346-TIPS. Tips may be made anonymously on line at www.tipsubmit.com or via a text message to 274637 using the keyword TIP136.

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