Assault and robbery within space of few hours in Belfast may be linked, police say
Police believe a taser stun gun may have been used during both incidents
An assault and a robbery carried out in the space of just a few hours in Belfast may be linked, police have said.
A man in his 60s was assaulted in the Donegall Square North area of the city at around 7pm on Saturday.
A shop on North Queen Street was then robbed by two men at 12.30am on Sunday. Police believe a taser stun gun may have used in each incident.
The man was assaulted in the vincity of Belfast City Hall by an unknown male.
It was reported the suspect pinned the victim to the ground before punching him and then fleeing on foot.
Police believe a taser stun gun may have been used by the suspect during the assault.
Detective Sergeant Eric Fairfield said: "This must have been an extremely distressing ordeal for the victim who was treated at the scene by staff from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.
"The suspect is described as being of a heavy build, with black hair and thought to be aged in his late twenties. He is reported to have worn a red Adidas tracksuit top that was zipped with a white hood underneath, black tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side and white trainers."
"Our enquiries are at an early stage, and I would appeal to anyone who saw what happened to get in touch with us. "
Police are also appealing for witnesses and information following the report of a robbery on North Queen Street.
Two men entered the shop, one of whom was armed with what was described as a taser stun gun.
They threatened a member of staff before fleeing with a sum of money.
The staff member was not injured but was left shocked by the traumatic ordeal.
Detective Sergeant Fairfield said: "One of the suspects is described as being tall and wore a red and white Adidas jacket, green shorts, white trainers and had his head and face covered.
"The second suspect is described as wearing a blue/green-coloured jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, grey knee-length shorts and had his face covered.
"We believe these two incidents may be linked and I want to appeal to anyone who has information about either of them and which may assist our investigation, or who witnessed either incident to call detectives at Musgrave on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 38 of 28/04/19 or 1044 of 27/04/19."
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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