Waltham Police Investigating Another Robbery Attack in Downtown Waltham

The latest attacked happened on Main Street in Waltham.

Waltham Police
Waltham Police
Waltham Police are investigating another downtown robbery attack which they say could be linked to previous robberies.

"It's certainly possible and something we are checking into," Waltham Police Sgt. Tim King said on a possible link to previous attacks, including one on Oak Street.

On Saturday at around 5:04 p.m., a 52-year-old Waltham man was walking near 704 Main St. (across from the Waltham Public Library) when five men jumped from some bushes and pushed the victim to the ground, according to Waltham Police Sgt. Tim King. 

The suspects, which King said were Hispanic, took some cash out of the victim's pocket and fled the scene. Police do not have a more detailed description of the suspects, or photos and video of them, King said. 

The victim, who walked to the police station to report the incident, suffered a head laceration and was taken to the hospital, King said. 

Waltham Police have added extra patrols to several area of the city, King said. Police advised pedestrians to be aware of their surrounding and don't wear headphones. If they are followed, run into an open business to get away from the suspicious person.

Audrey December 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Waltham used to be a family oriented city. Unfortunately due to the fact that we made it so affordable and have allowed it to be so diverse it has become over run with hoodlums that have no idea what it is to have pride in the city they live and to respect the hardworking citizens.
Larry Fine December 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Couldn't of said it better my self Audrey.
Elizabeth Lee December 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM
This is really frightening to me as I have to walk to and from the train station to my office on Main St every weekday. I don't ever use headphones and I pay attention to everything around me, but I don't have anyone to walk with. And I can't always wait for the 70 bus to take me there - the timing isn't always right. Yikes, what's a person to do?
Supporter December 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM
This is a shame..Grew up in Waltham my whole life and never, ever experienced anything like this. They are cowards to have 5 jump one person? That is sick!! When they are caught they need to be spread all over the news so we can see what the hell is living in Waltham...So very sad. I hope both ppl that have been jumped are doing good..God Bless & Happy Holidays..
nlb16 December 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I love how only poor people shop on moody street! Isn't that so? Ha I'm glad you are gone also.
Maddie Chambers December 16, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Ignoring those ignorant racist comments from some, I think it needs to be addressed that this was only at 5:04 at night on one of, if not the most, the busiest streets in the city and no one helped this man? No one called 911, rather he had to walk to the police station with a laceration on his head?! Where are the active bystanders?! We can't have a safe community if we don't all have a part in keeping it that way!
Jennyfoofoo December 16, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Well said, Maddie.
Marshall Ottina December 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM
The rampant racism on this site is disgusting.
Maddie Chambers December 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I completely agree with you Marshall!
Larry Fine December 16, 2013 at 03:12 PM
a liberals only defense is to cry racism.
Marshall Ottina December 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
And of course you all use fake names because none of you are brave enough to actually spew this nonsense. It's fitting that you use the name Larry Fine, seeing as your ideas are stuck in the 30s and every time you open your mouth, everyone sees you're just a stooge.
Audrey December 16, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Now this has become nothing but a pissing contest. How about getting back to the fact that people are getting hurt and regardless of race something needs to be done about it. I don't know about you Marshall but I have lived in the city for over 25 years and knew it back when it was a family oriented city where the crime rate did not even compare to what it does today. Obviously its a whole new generation out there and children being brought up nowadays are not always taught the way it used to be and unfortunately this leads to those individuals getting lost in a system where their only way of life is living on the streets and/or resorting to a lifestyle of drugs and crime. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt but spewing words of hate back and forth on this site doesn't help matters any more than attacking an unsuspecting person. We are all entitled to our opinions whether right or wrong. My thought is this "always be the bigger person and ignore and walk away from the fight, never lower your standards to someone else's ignorance". Remember there is no right or wrong on this site. Its all a matter of opinion and the Patch has entitled everyone to have theirs.
Marshall Ottina December 16, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Audrey, there's a way to decry the crime without slandering an entire race. Your comment is proof of that. But everything that "Larry" posts on this site is vile hate speech. You say that there are no right or wrong opinions, but there are plenty of terrible ones.
Karen Walz December 16, 2013 at 05:23 PM
If people are gettting mugged on what are usually busy streets, perhaps some old-fashioned police foot patrol is in order? Officers on foot at or around places where muggers can hide can be an effective deterrent; they could also give chase, identify, and, hopefully, capture. Anyone else thinks that's a good idea?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM
@Karez, I have personally witnessed foot patrols on Moody Street at night at least twice lately. They are stepping up the patrols.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) December 16, 2013 at 09:21 PM
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Frosty the Snowman December 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Pack of Boy Scouts on one side of the street or a pack of Hispanics wearing hoodies on the other. I will cross the street and walk past the Boy Scouts, does that make me a racist? Get on the train and there are only two seats, a white guy in a leather vest with neck tattoos and a general rough look or a black guy in a suit carrying a briefcase, I will sit next to the gentleman wearing the suit. Does not make me racist, it's a judgement call, be aware and arm yourself.
Walthamguy December 17, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Hey Guys, forget all the "racist' crap and stick with the facts that daytime violence has come to Waltham and is now affecting innocent bystanders! For how to solve this problem what are your suggestions? Mine will be unpopular but they include Singapore's strategy of caning these thugs @ the Waltham common...
Frosty the Snowman December 17, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Don't wear headphones is a great tip, look around as you walk, don't text or put on blinders and just look at your feet. Chemical Spray, keys wrapped in your knuckles, a loud whistle or a large umbrella, take a self-defense course. I know woman love purses but they are targets to grab. Carry a small wallet that can be easily concealed in your coat. If you are shopping bring a backpack, conceal your purchases and it frees your hands for defense. These thugs are looking for easy prey, if you don't flaunt your goods and look alert, they will find another target.
Aileen S. December 17, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Sadly, this is the kind of world we live in these days. I am definitely pro-pepper spray these days! Another safety tip I suggest to my colleagues at work is to always have your keys ready when you're walking to your vehicle as well. We're right on Main Street as well! God bless and be on alert!
Maria Jimenez December 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM
The hispanics are not the only ones who commit the violence in the city. It's a variety of everyone who live here. Just a reminder of the two recent incidences within our own police force. Were they Hispanic?
Paula Ridenti December 17, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Like a ship, we as a community, must redirect Waltham back to the calmer waters, instead of the rough high tides we are seeing now.


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