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Police seek man who punched 4 pedestrians

Cambridge police are searching for a man who allegedly punched four pedestrians on Massachusetts Avenue over the weekend, police said.

Four people reported they had been punched on Saturday afternoon near 929 Massachusetts Ave. After the man assaulted them, he allegedly ran away, police said. Victims described the assailant as a 6-foot black man in his mid-20s.

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The first victim said she was assaulted at about 3:40 p.m. Prior to this time, officers received multiple calls about a man fitting the same description, acting strangely on the street. The woman suffered minor injuries and declined medical attention, police said.

A male victim reported being “sucker punched” by the man twice in the eye. He was knocked to the ground, police said. The victim had bruising on his face, and was taken to the hospital.

A third man said he was punched in the right eye for “no reason.” He experienced swelling, but declined medical treatment, police said.

Another man was punched similarly, but didn’t suffer any visible injuries, police said.

Victims said the man was shouting unintelligibly when he approached them. Police suspect the attacker was either under the influence of drugs or suffering from mental illness, according to Deputy Superintendent Jack Albert.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
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