With the large amount of attention being paid to safety issues in Cal Anderson Park, a weekend mugging attempt in another area of Capitol Hill is a reminder both that there’s more to fighting area crime than patrolling one park — and that serious street crime in the area is still a relatively rare occurrence on the streets of the East Precinct. According to SPD, a man was cracked over the head but escaped his assailant in an early Saturday morning mugging attempt on E Union near Boylston.
According to the SPD report on the 1:55a incident, the victim was walking on E Union early Saturday when he was struck in the head by an unknown assailant. The victim told police he thought the attacker said “Give me your stuff.” The victim the threw his phone at the attacker — a Droid X worth $400, according to the report — and ran from the scene where he found people on Belmont Ave who called the police to report the mugging.
The man was treated at the scene for a deep, star-shaped laceration. He could not provide a suspect description to police.
With 16 robberies reported in the first six months of the year, the area of the Hill where the attack occurred has seen a 20% dip in robberies in the first half of 2011 compared to recent trends for the E2 beat that covers the area. Overall, there were fewer Capitol Hill-area robberies in the first half of 2011 with 43 crimes reported compared to 57 robberies reported in the same period in 2010, a 24.5% drop.