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Violent robberies in LI town target Hispanic men

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island town is reviving and expanding its anti-bias task force after a string of nearly two dozen violent robberies targeting Hispanic men in the past 18 months.

Riverhead Town police say the latest robbery occurred Monday. Two men were arrested for stealing $300 from a Hispanic man.

In April, another Hispanic man was beaten and robbed of $400 near the train tracks in downtown Riverhead.

In October, two men fractured the skull of a Hispanic man with a baseball bat and robbed him of $850.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegemiller tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1y0BA9E ) there have been eight robberies this year and about 15 last year. He described them as crimes of opportunity against Hispanic immigrants who are known to carry cash and reluctant to contact police.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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