December 21, 2014

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Elyria man reports assault, robbery by two unknown men

ELYRIA – An Elyria man who thought he was being followed early Wednesday morning had his fears confirmed when two men approached him from behind, punched him in the head and stole his phone.

Connor Murphy, 20, was walking northbound on the 300 block of Furnace Street at about 2 a.m. when he heard something behind him, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino. Murphy turned around to see a younger black man wearing a long-sleeved white shirt and an older black man with dark clothes and a grey beard. Both men were walking behind Murphy and “gaining on him,” Costantino said.

Murphy continued walking forward and when he turned around again, the younger man punched him in the face, Costantino said. Murphy told police he fell to the ground and quickly lost consciousness. When he came-to, he saw the two men standing over him. The younger man was holding Murphy’s phone and the older man was holding a knife and threatening to stab Murphy, according to police.

However, the man didn’t follow up on his threat, and the two suspects left the scene, heading southbound toward Lake Avenue, Costantino said.

Anyone who has more information on the assault and robbery can call Elyria Police at 323-3302.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.