The violent attempted robbery happened on the 1800 block of Newton Street NW about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
The man was about two blocks south of Piney Branch Park when three men came up to him, according to authorities. One of the men then punched him in his face.
The victim tried to run home, but the attacker grabbed onto the man’s messenger bag in an effort to steal it. The victim started yelling for help soon after.
The would-be robber punched the victim again and tried to get into a pocket in the man’s pants.
The assailant and the two other men with him then fled.
The victim declined medical attention.
Police haven’t released detailed descriptions of the suspects.
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