Woman pistol-whipped during North Park mugging

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SAN DIEGO – A woman was recovering after being pistol-whipped during one of two overnight robberies in North Park, police said.

The first occurred on the 3900 block of Iowa Street at 11:05 p.m. A man was walking down the street when he was mugged by two suspects with a handgun. The suspects were described as black males, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing dark hoodies.

They were seen getting into a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Toyota Venza, and fleeing the scene after the mugging, according to San Diego police. They managed to get off with a cell phone and wallet.

A second mugging occurred at 12:34 a.m., nearby on 31st and Landis streets in North Park. Suspects of a similar description with a handgun stole a cell phone and money from a man and a woman.

The man, fearing the muggers would shoot, attempted to grab the gun away from the robbers, who then pistol-whipped the woman he was with. She was not seriously hurt. The muggers got off with about $200 in cash from the second robbery.

Police were investigating to determine if the robberies were connected.

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