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Daytime Robbery At National Mall Under Investigation

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U.S. Park Police are investigating an attempted robbery along the National Mall this week that happened in broad daylight.

Park Police say two masked robbers came up behind a man, pushed him to the ground, and rifled through his pockets. It happened in the garden next to the Smithsonian Institution's Arts and Industries building around 5:15 p.m. Monday.

Sarah Banfield works close by and walks through this area every day.

"I can see with all the tourists now, it might be easy pickings. I guess I would be surprised if it was a local," she says.

Police haven't released any information about the victim's identity, but do say he suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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