It was a busy weekend for street robberies in Hamilton, with residents getting attacked in three separate incidents.
In all three, the culprits got out of a vehicle and attacked men walking alone, but police can’t say for sure that the cases are linked.
The first incident was just after midnight on July 26. An 18-year-old man was heading eastbound on Justine Avenue between Ottawa Street South and London Street South. He watched a medium-sized orange car park on Justine Avenue, and kept walking past the vehicle.
Three men got out of the car, police say. The first shoved the victim to the ground. The second, wearing a black mask, hit the victim several times with what appeared to be a bat. The third, also wearing a mask, kicked the victim while he was on the ground.
The culprits drove away with the victim’s iPhone 4S white. They were last seen heading on Ottawa Street South toward Lawrence Road.
The victim was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Limeridge Road East and Upper Sherman Avenue
Police are investigating a street robbery at that happened between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on July 26.
A man was walking near Limeridge Road East and Upper Sherman Avenue when four suspects approached him and hit him with a weapon. They stole personal items, police say.
They drove away in what police describe as a “small sporty vehicle.”
Two community members near Rushdale Park helped the victim. Police would like to speak to them to see if they have any information. Call Det. Const. Steve Lassaline at 905-546-2377.
Gage Avenue and Barton Street
Around 1:45 a.m. on July 27, friends dropped off a man at Gage Avenue and Barton Street when three men approached him. They’d just gotten out of a small, light-coloured vehicle that drove away, police say.
The culprits hit the victim with a weapon and kicked him when he fell to the ground. They didn’t take anything from him before they ran away.
The 20-year-old victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.