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Landscaper assaulted and robbed

Police say two men punched, bit and stole $9 from man working at Butler Twp. home.

BUTLER TWP. – A landscaper was punched, bitten and robbed of $9 and cigarettes by two men outside a West Butler Drive home Tuesday afternoon.

Township police Sgt. Brian Sabatini said Frank Stish was working at a doctor’s home when he took some lawn clippings into the woods to dump.

Then, Stish said, “I turned around to a fist in the face.”

Stish, 22, of Hazleton, said the men could have easily entered the home or stolen a nearby car, but instead they grabbed Stish and, Sabatini said, pinned Stish on the ground and robbed him.

Stish kept trying to kick his attackers off him. He ended up with a scratch on his face and four or five bite marks on his arm.

“It was stupid,” he said. “It happened so fast.”

Sabatini said there have been recent reports of suspicious activity, like attempted break-ins, in the neighborhood. He’s not sure if they are related to the robbery.

Sabatini said the assailants were two white males. One of them was in his 40s and no age estimate could be gauged on the other. Both men fled into the woods.

He and Stish believe the men were homeless.

“They were filthy-looking,” Stish said.

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