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Attacks on women in Daytona Beach may be linked

Police: Men could be behind bigger crime spree

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The men behind a violent attack in a parking garage could be behind a bigger crime spree in the busy tourist area of Daytona Beach, Local 6 learned Wednesday.

The victim, a 27-year-old mother of three, does not want to be identified because she's afraid for her life after two criminals attacked her while she worked as an attendant at the Ocean Walk parking garage Tuesday around 1:30 a.m.

"When he put his arm around my neck and the knife to my throat, that's when he started demanding money," she said.

Police now think the two dangerous men could be connected to a string of crimes in Daytona Beach's tourist area.

The men began following a group of teen girls last Thursday just after midnight. They snatched one of the girl's iPhones, and then, just hours later and one block away from that scene, police think the same men struck again.

According to a police report, the culprits followed the teen girls out of the busy Ocean Walk Shoppes and then snatched a phone, while the other one tried to steal a wallet from one of the victims.

The next day, a similar crime happened to a 25-year-old tourist in the same area.

Police fear these men are becoming more dangerous, arming themselves with a knife in the latest attack. They hope to get the men off the streets before they find their next victim.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the duo.