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Cops: A pair of muggings in Riverhead leaves one with serious injuries

One man was seriously injured during an attempted robbery and another man was robbed at gunpoint during two separate incidents that occurred minutes apart Monday night in Riverhead.

At 8:07 p.m., Riverhead Police responded to the to the area of Robinson Parkway near Ostrander Avenue for an aided case of a male with injuries to his face. Upon further investigation it was determined that he was the victim of an attempted robbery. Police said the victim reported two black males pulled up to him in a vehicle as he was riding his bike and assaulted him while attempting to remove his wallet.

He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for injuries sustained during the robbery. PBMC reported the victim was being transported to another hospital for possible serious injuries to his head, according to a press release.

A second robbery was reported about 20 minutes later on Griffing Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday evening, police said. The victim in that robbery was walking down the street when a vehicle stopped and numerous black male subjects got out and surrounded him, police said.

One subject displayed a gun and struck the victim in the face with the gun, police said. The suspects continued to assault the victim and took a bag and money from him before fleeing in an unknown direction, according to police.

Police said the victim was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Police believe both incidents may be related and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or who may have witnessed either incident is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.