Harrison man attacked while walking downtown


Harrison Police are investigating an early morning street robbery, during which a local man suffered facial injuries after two men beat him and took his wallet, keys and phone, authorities say.

Frank Vargas (victim) entered the Harrison Police Department bleeding above his left eye and told cops he had been at the Green Room Lounge, then walked home to retrieve his car, parked at Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. near Warren Street, in the Holy Cross lot.

As he approached Holy Cross School the 26-year-old says he was knocked to the ground from behind by two Hispanic males, one who started yelling, “Give me your shit, give me your wallet.”

According to Vargas, while on the ground he was punched and kicked repeatedly in the head and upper torso by the suspects, who rummaged through his pockets removing his personal effects.

His wallet only contained personal documents.

The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. They are accused of strong-arm robbery.

EMS tended to the victim, who sustained a laceration and swelling to the left eye area.

According to Vargas, his attackers were tan skinned Hispanic males wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts.

He provided a video statement to officers and was transported to St. Michael’s Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries.

Units were instructed to increase patrols in the area of Vargas’ residence and vehicle.

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