2 men sought in 'bear-hugging' robbery in Flagler County

Flagler deputies investigate robbery over weekend

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PALM COAST, Fla. - Flagler County Sheriff's deputies are searching for at least two men in a robbery over the weekend at an oceanfront park where the victim was "bear-hugged" while having cash stolen out of his pockets.

Deputies said a 29-year-old Palm Coast man reported being robbed as he walked out of a Palm Coast oceanfront park. The victim told deputies that around 9:05 p.m. as he was walking on the northern side of 16th Road towards North Oceanshore Boulevard, two men approached him.

After passing by, one of the men struck him in the back of the head and punched him in the face before pushing him into a nearby palm tree, according to deputies.

The other robber then held him in a "bear hug" while his partner went through the victim's pockets, taking his cash, the report stated.

It's not clear how much was stolen from the victim.

One man is described as being 45-50 years of age, about 6'5" tall and weighing between 300 and 350 pounds, according to deputies. He was bald and had a white and black chest length beard.

The second man was described as being 40-45 years of age, about 6'3" tall with a slender build and unshaven face. He had brown hair and an unknown tattoo on the throat area, according to deputies.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

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