AN armed attacker who made off with more than £100 after leaving a man unconscious during a brutal assault is thought to have threatened a teenager with a baseball bat 24 hours earlier.
The thug struck around 12.15am on Saturday morning, smacking a 50-year-old man over the back of the head as he walked along Captain’s Road in Gracemount at its junction with Lasswade Road.
There is a strong possibility these attacks were carried out by the same perpetrator”Alastair Paisley
When he awoke, the victim found that his wallet, containing a three-figure sum, had been taken.
He was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries and remains in a stable condition at the ERI.
Police believe the attacker may also be the same man who threatened a teenager in Gracemount Drive late on Thursday night with a red metallic baseball bat.
The 17-year-old was ordered to hand over money but managed to flee the scene unscathed.
Detectives said the description of the suspect in both incidents was similar and called for anyone with information to come forward as they scour CCTV footage from the area.
He is described as having a mixed race appearance, in his early 20s, around 5ft 6in tall with a very thin build and spoke with a Scottish accent.
He had curly stubble on his neck but not his face and was wearing light grey jogging bottoms, a hooded top with the hood up and carrying a red metallic baseball bat that measured around 2ft in length and had dark/purplish marks near its handle.
Detective Constable Alastair Paisley said: “Given the close proximity of these incidents and the time of night they happened, we believe there is a strong possibility that these attacks were carried out by the same perpetrator.
“As part of our ongoing investigation officers are currently reviewing local CCTV and carrying out door-to-door inquires
“We also have a detailed description of the male which, of course, includes a very distinctive baseball bat.
“I would urge anyone who has seen the suspect or has relevant information to please contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively information can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”