Young woman knocked unconscious, robbed of smartphone near Civic Center

A young woman was knocked unconscious and robbed of her smartphone near the Civic Center area Wednesday, police said.

The 19-year-old victim was near Eighth and Market streets about 8:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man who appeared to be in his 20s, police said.

The victim reportedly reached out to shake the man’s hand when he instead reached for her smartphone, police said. The thug then slammed the victim to the ground and kicked her in the face, knocking her unconscious.

He then fled with the smartphone and was not arrested.

The victim was hospitalized for her injuries, which were not life-threatening.

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