by Josef Molnar
Visitors and residents in the Montrose area are being urged to stay vigilant in the wake of two reports of attacks on pedestrians in the past six weeks.
In one attack, a 46-year-old victim reported that he was walking to his car near Fairview shortly after 2 a.m. when he was assaulted by a man with a baseball bat. The attack left the man with two broken arms, numerous bruises, and a head wound that required 14 staples to close.
The assailant is described as a 25- to 28-year-old black male, medium build, aproximately five feet ten. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a tie-dyed shirt.
The attack, which occurred on June 5 near the corner of Crocker and Fargo streets, was witnessed by several people. The assailant is still at large.
In the second instance, a man reported he was walking to his car at about 2:15 a.m. on May 22 when he was jumped and beaten. The victim does not remember many details of the attack, although he said he believes it was two people. He had heavy bruising on his back and arms, and also received a concussion. He reported that someone emptied his pockets and tried to use his bank card.
Recently, a suspicious man in the 200 block of Tuam was seen wandering the street and following a man leaving a nearby bar at around 1:45 on June 12; however, he was chased away by another concerned person in a car. The witness described the individual as a black male with a slender-to-medium build and a height of about five feet ten. The witness also said the individual was wearing khaki cargo pants and a dark green shirt, and wore gold glasses or a gold earring. The man appeared to walk with a limp.
Montrose residents and patrons who are walking on the streets are being encouraged to stay alert to their surroundings, to avoid shadowy or confined outside areas, and to try to avoid walking alone. Many bars in the area can provide a staff member to walk individuals to their cars, and all bars can call a taxi to take their patrons home.
Anyone with information about the attacks, especially witnesses, are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 713/222-TIPS (8477).