JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say a group of threatening teens are behind a string of violent attacks in Northwest Jacksonville.
Action News tracked three police reports and they all share striking similarities. According to police, a group of 10 to 12 teenagers jumped three people within blocks of each other Friday in an hour and a half timeframe.
"I won't go walking in my neighborhood for a while," said one victim.
The man asked us not to reveal his identity in fear of retaliation.
He told Action News he was walking to the store along Lem Turner Road when he heard footsteps running behind him. He says some suspects were carrying sticks and a pipe.
"The guy hit me in the back of the head and I didn't go down and they tried to surround me so I went straight into Lem Turner Road and I ran head on into traffic."
It took three blocks for the man to escape his attackers.
He's not the only one recovering from injuries. A 63-year-old man was jumped just minutes prior a few blocks away on Lem Turner. According to the report, he was punched and kicked and left bleeding from his head.
Friday's final victim was attacked while walking on the sidewalk on Soutel Drive.
"They're looking for that easy victim and unfortunately when you're alone you become an easy victim," said JSO officer Melissa Bujeda. "Take precautionary measures by finding a ride with someone or walking in a group."
Police are stepping up patrol in the area. Investigators now need a witness to come forward with a tip.
"Everybody stick together and we can keep these punks off the street," said the victim.
If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477.