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Police need your help to find two men who they say punched and robbed an autistic man

FLPD Searching For Two Robbery Suspects

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating a strong arm robbery near Beach Place. Cops say two men hit an autistic man who was sitting on a lounge chair along beach side AIA. They stole his phone.
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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is investigating a strong arm robbery near Beach Place. Cops say two men hit an autistic man who was sitting on a lounge chair along beach side AIA. They stole his phone.

An autistic man was sitting on a lounge chair near the Beach Place retail complex when two men approached him, asking for money.

When the man hesitated, because he was confused by their question, the two suspects punched him several times in the face and forcefully stole his phone, Fort Lauderdale police said.

The attack happened at about 9:20 p.m. Wednesday on the beachside of A1A. After the pair hit the man they ran off. He had several cuts on his face, police said.

The department released an alert and surveillance video on Wednesday asking for help to find the two suspects.

If you have information about this incident, you can call Fort Lauderdale Det. E. Kirtman at 954-828-6070.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.


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