String of violent weekend attacks reported in Central Park

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- There was a spate of violence in Central Park over the weekend, with at least three attacks reported in 24 hours, according to police.

The first attack happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when a group of about 15 people, either in their teens or early twenties, approached a young couple walking through Hecksher Playground, located off the park's West Drive.

Police said the couple -- a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man -- began arguing with the group "regarding obscenities and insults that went back forth," then a physical altercation began.

One of the male members of the group grabbed the teen girl's bag and walked away. After the victims left the park, they found the bag, which had a cellphone stolen from it, police said.

The next night, about 8 p.m. on Sunday, a 19-year-old woman was jogging near 110th Street and Fifth Avenue when a man approached her and struck up a conversation, police said.

When the woman tried to walk away, he threatened her and demanded her wallet, police said. The victim was not physically hurt.

Then, at about 1 a.m., police received a call from a man who said he was robbed while walking along the 81st Transverse near Central Park West. The 45-year-old victim told police a man armed with a gun walked up from behind and choked him, demanding his money while pointing the weapon at his head. Police said the victim handed over a bag containing his wallet, iPod touch and keys.

No arrests have been made in any of these incidents.

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