Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery and two attempted robberies in Milton Keynes.
On April 17 at about 9.30pm, a man in his early twenties, was walking over the bridge at the Redmoor roundabout on the A5 when a man asked him the time.
Two men joined him and they asked the victim for his phone. He refused and ran off but fell over as he reached the underpass.
The three offenders followed him and the victim was hit on his back by one of them, with what is believed to be a metal tube.
The victim handed over his phone and the offenders ran off in the direction of Beanhill.
At 9.40pm on the same day, another man in his early twenties, was also approached by three men as he crossed the pedestrian bridge over the A5. They also asked him for the time, then asked to see the time and grabbed his jacket. The victim managed to break free and left. Nothing was stolen.
The three men are believed to have been involved in a further attempted robbery which occurred on April 20 at around 9.40pm on the footbridge over the A5 on the Redmoor roundabout. On this occasion the victim managed to get away. Nothing was stolen.
One of the offenders is white, while the other two are black and all in their late teens or early twenties. The white man is 5ft 8ins, slim, with short straight blond hair. He was wearing a black zipped hoodie which was partially covering his face, dark trousers and white trainers. One of the black men is 6ft and slim with short curly dark hair. He was wearing a black hoodie. There is no description of the third man at this stage of the investigation.
An 18-year-old man from Bletchley was arrested on April 20 and has been bailed until May 22.
Investigating officer, PC Damien Freeman from Milton Keynes police, said: “I would appeal to anyone in the area who saw anything about these three incidents to contact Thames Valley Police as soon as possible via 101. These were frightening experiences for all the victims and any information, no matter how small could help us with our enquiries.
“If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”