NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A $2,000 reward is being offered following two vicious attacks in Riverside Park.
Jessica Rieske said she was surprised when a strange man approached her as she walked her dogs around 11 p.m. Thursday.
“He was bleeding a lot from his head,” she said. “He had been beaten pretty badly. The whole left side of his face was swollen.”
Police said four men attacked the 21-year-old man at 68th Street by the Hudson River as he was coming home from John Jay College. They threw a bag over his head, beat him with some sort of object and then stole his phone, wallet and laptop.
“I walked him home and we got him an ambulance and then the police came,” Rieske said.
Police believe that same group attacked a homeless man just an hour and a half before as he sat on a park bench at 72nd and Riverside Drive.