SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Saratoga Springs police are investigating an assault and robbery of a pedestrian in the area of Granger Avenue and Caroline Street on the city's eastside Saturday night.
Officers responded to the area of Granger Avenue about 150 feet north of Caroline Street for a reported robbery.
A female victim had made her way to a house on Granger Ave and advised the residents she had been assaulted, robbed and needed the police.
The victim told police that she was walking to a house on Granger Avenue and when she turned off of Caroline Street on to Granger she was attacked by a single white male.
Police believe the suspect is in his early 20's.
"We're looking for a white male, 5'8 to 5'10. Clean shaven. Short brown hair," said Lt. John Catone with the Saratoga Springs Police.
She told police the man beat her repeatedly in the head and face while he was demanding money from her. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the victim and fled the scene.
The victim was treated on scene by EMS and then transported to Saratoga Hospital for further treatment.
Many neighbors in the tight knit community said Monday that they wished they had been around to help in some way. Eric Eggleston lives nearby and was angry when he learned about the incident.
"Up until a few months you've heard this rash of reports where you have perpetrators obviously accosting people at certain times of night and it's unacceptable," said Eggleston.
In March a woman was sexually assaulted and robbed on Union Street and in September a woman was raped in the area of East and Lake Avenue.
Police say they are looking into all of these and other unsolved similar incidents to see if they could be related.
"We've asked the lab. We've already been in contact with them today to see if we can have a comparison done of all the evidence from the outstanding cases and see if there's any comparability there," said Catone.
Related or not, residents and police just want the people or person caught.
"Whoever it is obviously needs to be apprehended immediately if not sooner," said Eggleston.
If you have any information about this incident call Saratoga police at 518-584-1800.
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