The first robbery occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the area of Gough and Fell streets, police said. The 23-year-old victim was walking when a woman in her 50s asked her for a dollar, police said. The victim gave the woman a dollar and while doing so, a man in his 40s snuck up from behind and hit the victim in the back of the head and slammed her to the ground, breaking her pelvis.
She was taken to the hospital for her injuries, none of which were life-threatening.
The crooks took the victim’s cellphone and fled southbound on Gough Street, police said.
No arrests had been made as of today.
The second robbery occurred a little more than half an hour after the first incident, at Polk and McAllister streets, police said. In that incident, another 23-year-old female victim was walking down the street when she was struck in the head from behind by an unknown suspect.
The woman fell to the ground and lost consciousness, police said. When she came to, the woman realized her backpack was gone.
The victim ran from the scene and reported the incident to police later Saturday. But she did not see who hit her.
She did not seek medical assistance.