Danedri Thompson
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Gardner Police are on the lookout for three youths who they say attacked a 60-year-old man on the Gardner Greenway last weekend.
Police Chief Jim Pruetting said the 60-year-old Gardner man was walking the greenway at about 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16. The man noticed three teenagers sitting on a bench in the middle of the Gardner Greenway trail.
He continued walking past the teens, but didn’t get very far. He was hit in the back of the head with what he described as a brown, broken wood, tree limb. When he came to, he was on the ground, surrounded by the teens who demanded the keys to his car.
Pruetting said the victim told the teens that he lived nearby and didn’t drive to the park. The teenagers did not believe him. Pruetting said the teenagers said they’d seen him drive to the trails.
“It’s an aggravated robbery,” Pruetting said.
A female walking her dogs came around the corner, and the suspects took off on foot.
The victim had a large contusion on the back of his head, but refused medical treatment.
Police surrounded the trails and were stationed at the entrances and exits to the trails, but they were unable to find the suspects.
Pruetting said they are still looking for the suspects, and police on bikes are patrolling the Greenway trails. Pruetting called it a crime of opportunity. He is encouraging people to be aware of their surroundings and make eye contact with people as they pass. That lets the other people know that you’ve seen them.