Three robbed on Hillcrest Ave.

December 17, 1996

Three Brooklyn Park residents were robbed, and one of them was pistol-whipped, as they walked along Hillcrest Avenue on Sunday, county police said yesterday.

Alan W. Schmidt-Dunton, 25, was treated at Harbor Hospital Center for head injuries received in the attack and released.

Schmidt-Dunton told police that he and his friends, Daniel W. Leavitt and Christine Marie Zimmerman, both 20, were walking along Hillcrest Avenue near 4th Street just after 11 p.m. when they saw three men behind them.

One of the men called out to Schmidt-Dunton and his friends, but they ignored him, police said. When the three men caught up to the robbery victims, one of them grabbed Schmidt-Dunton and spun him around. The assailant drew a semi-automatic handgun and hit Schmidt-Dunton on the forehead, knocking him to the ground, police said.

The men demanded money and Leavitt and Schmidt-Dunton gave them their backpacks, which contained liquor and trading cards. Zimmerman gave them her purse, containing $25, police said.

The men ran away, and the victims went to Schmidt-Dunton's home on Hillcrest Avenue and called police.

Pub Date: 12/17/96

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