A brand new bridge meant to present pedestrians and bicyclists a safer route throughout Freeway 101 in East Palo Alto was the scene of two tried robberies Thursday, one among which despatched the sufferer to the hospital, police mentioned.

The bridge opened final month, connecting the Woodland neighborhood west of the freeway with the remainder of East Palo Alto.

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The primary tried theft occurred round eight p.m., when a pedestrian strolling west throughout the bridge mentioned he was approached by six to seven male youngsters who demanded his backpack and cellphone after which attacked him, East Palo Alto police mentioned. The person was handled at a hospital for minor accidents.

One other pedestrian about an hour and a half later mentioned a gaggle of male youngsters surrounded him and requested what was in his pockets as he walked from the east finish of the bridge, in keeping with police. When the person pulled out a knife to defend himself, police mentioned, the teenagers began throwing bricks at him earlier than working again throughout the bridge.

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Neither sufferer misplaced any property within the tried robberies, Commander Jeff Liu mentioned. Police suspect the identical youngsters could have been answerable for each crimes.

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East Palo Alto police requested anybody who witnessed the incidents or has any details about them to name or textual content 650-409-6792, or e mail [email protected]

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