Police: Jogger Disarms Attacker in Attempted Merion Robbery
An attempted strong-arm robbery was foiled by the quick acting victim on Nov. 1.
A would-be victim of a strong-arm robbery in Merion escaped unharmed last week, which is more than can be said about his assailant.
A Lower Merion Police report released on Monday, Nov. 8, gives more information on the attempted crime, previously reported by Patch.
A jogger was running along the 100 block of Merion Road near Merion Botanical Park, when a man, described between 6'0" and 6'3" in his late teens or early twenties, attempted to rob the man with a blunt object, according to the police.
As the attacker moved to strike with what looked like a pipe or baton, the jogger kicked the man to create separation, and delivered multiple blows to the robber's head in self defense, police said.
The suspect was sufficiently injured to deter any further attempts at robbing the victim, and staggered away, according to the police report.
Nothing was taken from the victim, and the suspect was last seen heading toward Greystone Road.
The incident was the third attempted strong-arm robbery in Lower Merion in the past month. The second-most recent involved a man who was punched in the face by a group of teens.