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Man found injured near Wheaton Metro

Friday, May 28, 2010; B06

This much seems clear: A 29-year-old man fell 40 to 50 feet from a parking deck in Wheaton on Thursday, went through a tree, landed on mulch and injured his back and an ankle.

What Montgomery County detectives are trying to sort out is the man's report of how it happened.

The man told police he was walking across a parking lot at the Westfield Wheaton shopping mall Thursday afternoon when he was accosted by two men. He said they forced him into a parking deck near the Wheaton Metro station, dragged him up five ramps, beat him, took his wallet and forced him off the structure, said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.

Someone saw the man in the mulched area and called police, Friz said. Police have been unable to find witnesses who saw the incident, Friz said. A tree next to the parking deck had freshly broken branches, Friz said. The man was taken to a hospital.

He described the suspects as Hispanic men in their 20s. One weighed 170 pounds, had short hair, a mustache, white shirt, black pants and black shoes. The other was described as weighing 180 pounds, with very short hair, a red shirt, brown pants and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 240-773-5530. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call 866-411-TIPS.

-- Dan Morse

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