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Naked Pittsburgh runner tells police he was assaulted

Natasha Lindstrom
| Thursday, June 7, 2018, 6:39 p.m.
A naked man jogged across the Fort Pitt Bridge toward Mt. Washington on Thursday, prompting several 911 calls by perplexed and alarmed drivers and pedestrians.
WPXI-TV/social media
A naked man jogged across the Fort Pitt Bridge toward Mt. Washington on Thursday, prompting several 911 calls by perplexed and alarmed drivers and pedestrians.
A naked man jogged across the Fort Pitt Bridge toward Mt. Washington on Thursday, prompting several 911 calls by perplexed and alarmed drivers and pedestrians.
WPXI-TV/social media
A naked man jogged across the Fort Pitt Bridge toward Mt. Washington on Thursday, prompting several 911 calls by perplexed and alarmed drivers and pedestrians.

A man spotted running naked from Downtown Pittsburgh to Mt. Washington on Thursday morning told police that several men assaulted him and stole his clothes, officials said.

Around 9:20 a.m., police responded to a report of a naked man in Mt. Washington, Department of Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.

Officers found the man on Grandview Avenue.

The man, whom officials did not identify, told officers that he had just been attacked by several men Downtown who stole his clothes, prompting him to take off running.

Medics took him to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, Togneri said.

Earlier in the day, the man's nude run through Downtown Pittsburgh, across the Fort Pitt Bridge and up a hillside into Mt. Washington spurred several calls to 911 by perplexed and alarmed drivers and pedestrians.

Sightings of him prompted numerous reports to Allegheny County emergency dispatchers and generated a flurry of activity on social media after photos snapped by passing motorists went viral via the likes of Reddit and Twitter.

In addition to running along Fort Duquesne Boulevard across the bridge, the naked man was spotted along Carson Street in the South Side and even scaling a hillside before making it to Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington, witnesses told Trib news partner WPXI-TV.

Pittsburgh police are continuing to investigate.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514, nlindstrom@tribweb.com or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

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