A man making a withdrawal from an ATM apparently was robbed by a gunman on the south end of Hilton Head Island, and another man says he was assaulted and robbed while walking on a bike path near Singleton Beach in separate incidents this past weekend.
In the first incident, late Saturday, a 35-year-old man told Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies he had ridden his bicycle to a Wachovia bank after leaving work at a nearby Hilton Head Plaza restaurant, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
While making a withdrawal from the ATM, a white male driving a blue Ford Explorer pulled up in the parking lot beside him. The driver asked for directions to Bluffton. As the victim responded, the driver got out of the Explorer carrying a handgun, according to the release.
The suspect approached the victim and demanded money, the release said. The victim handed over the cash he had just received from the ATM. The suspect then got back into his vehicle and fled, leaving the victim unharmed. The victim rode his bicycle home, where he called to report the incident.
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The suspect was described as a white male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a gray shirt and black shorts.
In the second incident, at about 3 a.m. Sunday, a 39-year-old man said he was walking on a bike path along U.S. 278 near Singleton Beach when he was suddenly attacked by three unknown black males on bicycles, according to a news release.
The victim told deputies he was first punched in the back of the head. All three suspects then got off their bicycles and began to kick him as he lay on the ground. After stealing the victim's cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled on bicycles.
The victim then walked to his home on Cordillo Parkway and went to sleep, waking up late Sunday afternoon, when he decided to report the incident. The victim sustained minor injury during the attack but refused medical care, the release said.
The victim was unable to provide any further description of his attackers, the release added.
Anyone with information about either incident should call the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.