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Holland residents worry about late night 'random' attacks
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The latest in a string of assaults and armed robberies has residents in a Holland neighborhood on edge.

Since late August, there have been four street muggings in a concentrated area from 16th to 21st street, centering on Columbia Avenue.

So far, all of the attacks have been from an armed, masked attacker. They happened between midnight and 4:00 a.m.

"I moved to Holland originally because I found it safe," said area resident Sharon Woodward. "This last incident has made me a little more fearful of walking around at night."

Holland Police Detective Al Rios says police have made progress with their investigation. He says the victims from each incident were innocent pedestrians, selected at random.

"That's what makes [these incidents] all the more dangerous," Rios said. "They're basically going after anyone... me or you for example."

On Tuesday, Silent Observer is raised the reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of any suspects involved to $2,500.

The latest attack happened Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Columbia Ave.

Holland Police say a 19-year old man was walking alone when he was confronted by the suspect who was wielding a handgun. The suspect then struck the man several times, who took serious injuries to the face and head. The suspect then robbed the the man and ran off.

The man was taken to Holland Community Hospital and later transferred to Spectrum Hospital where he was released after treatment.

Rios says they're looking for four to five young, possibly Hispanic males with an age range of 17 to 20. The suspects may be anywhere from 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9. He say they generally wear dark clothing and bandannas over their faces to cover identity.

Police say they have multiple leads and are not ruling out gang activity at this time.

Rios says the attention these crimes are receiving on top of the increased reward from Silent Observer are helping tremendously with the number of calls, tips and leads the department is following.

They're asking anyone with information to contact the Holland Police Department at (616) 355-1100 or Silent Observer at 1(877) 88-SILENT.

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