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May 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

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Bicyclist beaten, robbed in Magnolia

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle police are searching for two men who allegedly beat up and robbed a bicyclist in Magnolia early Sunday morning.

According to police, the victim was riding his bicycle near the intersection of 34th Avenue West and West Barrett Street at 1:42 a.m. when a black Infiniti drove by him. The vehicle stopped a short distance away then pulled behind the cyclist after he rode past, police said. The driver then pulled alongside the bicyclist and nudged him, knocking the man to the ground.

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Two men got out of the car and began punching and kicking the bicyclist, police said. The men took the victim's backpack and got back into the car and drove north on 34th Avenue West. Officers were unable to locate the car.

Details about the bicyclist's injuries weren't released by police.

Police are investigating whether the same two men are responsible for another assault that occurred nearby about 30 minutes later. In that case, a man had stepped outside his house and was reportedly attacked by two men, who struck the victim with an unknown object in the head before fleeing. The victim suffered a cut above his left eye that required stitches, police said.

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