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Masked assailant in hammer robbery

A MAN was attacked and robbed of 50,000 yuan (US$7,596) after he had been to a bank by a masked assailant carrying a hammer yesterday in Putuo District.

The victim, Geng Jianxin, was seriously injured in the head and was in hospital yesterday at Putuo District Hospital. He suffered cerebral concussion and a fractured rib, but was reported to be in stable -condition last night.

District police confirmed the case and said they were still looking for the suspect. They asked witnesses to come forward with information.

"The suspect followed him to his company building and hit him from behind," Geng's aunt, Chen Meiyun, told Shanghai Daily last night at the hospital, as Geng was too weak to talk. "He was hit four times - two on the head, one on the shoulder and the other on the back."

The robbery happened about 2:20pm in a residential area of Lane 165 on Taopu Road, where Geng's company is located, police said. Geng was followed by the suspect, who was wearing a white mask, after he came back from a nearby branch of the Agricultural Bank of China.

Geng was followed into the residential area and was attacked while entering a gate, police said. Geng's bag, containing 50,000 yuan in cash, was taken by the suspect, who fled the scene.

Police last night reminded locals to be careful while carrying large amounts of money, especially in the build up to the Spring Festival.


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