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Pittsburgh man charged in assault in Oakland

| Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

A Pittsburgh man was arrested within minutes of assaulting and trying to rob a pedestrian in Oakland, city police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Friday.

A 24-year-old student told police she was walking on Bayard Street around 7:25 a.m. Thursday when a man who was walking toward her punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground. She said he continued to hit her in the face and tug on the bag she was carrying in her arm.

As passersby and residents came to her aid, witnesses told police the man got up and “casually walked away,” Richard said.

A police sergeant working on an approved off-duty detail a few blocks away on South Craig Street saw a man matching the description of the assailant and detained him until other officers arrived.

Richard said James Crick, 32, who lives in the Friendship and Garfield area, was charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

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