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Second Man Reports Being Beaten in Montrose Area – Update2

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A second man has come forward about being beaten in the Montrose area.

The latest report happened three weeks ago when the victim, Ruben Cantu, reported he was walking to his car at about 2:15 a.m. on May 22 when he was jumped and beaten.  Cantu doesn’t remember many details of the attack, although he said he believes it was two people.

“It happened behind JR’s and near George’s,” he said.  “That’s the last I remember, waking up or becoming somewhat conscious in the middle of the road and seeing headlights coming my way.  I thought that someone was going to run me over, and as much as I wanted to run, I couldn’t move.  The next thing I knew, I had paramedics over me.”

Cantu had heavy bruising to his back and arms, and also received a head wound.  He also suffered a concussion, and said someone emptied his pockets and tried to use his bank card.  The case is open.

As with the previous beating of last weekend’s anonymous victim, no one has come forward as a witness to report the incident to police.  In that case, a 46-year-old man was attacked by a bat-wielding man near the corner of Crocker St. and Fargo St., one block north of Crocker Bar.

The assailant in that situation is described as a 25- to 28-year-old black male with a medium build and a height of about five feet, ten inches.  He was wearing blue jeans and a tie-dyed shirt.

The attack left last weekend’s victim with two broken arms, numerous bruises and a head wound which required 14 staples to close.

Cantu, who hasn’t been out to the area since then, said he failed to keep his safety in mind as he walked down the dark, empty road on the way to his car.  He said he came forward to help warn visitors and residents of Montrose that crime never sleeps.

“I want the police to try to catch them, but I don’t know what to expect,” he said.  “Probably nothing.  At this point all I can do is bring awareness to other people out there.

“I don’t want the gay community to fear going out, but to be smarter,” he added.  “Smarter than I was when I went out.”

Persons with information about either attack, especially any witnesses, are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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