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Airline workers mugged on Atlanta subway

By Vivian Kuo, CNN
  • 20 to 25 teens attack, rob 2 men
  • MARTA spokesman says incident is uncommon
  • Both men work for Delta Air Lines

Atlanta (CNN) -- Police say as many as two dozen youths beat and robbed two Delta Air Lines employees on Atlanta's public rail service Saturday night.

A Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) police report said as many as 20 to 25 juveniles attacked the two men as they rode southbound towards Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

One man said teens ranging from 13 to 18 years old hit him with a soda can before pushing him down and taking his billfold. He reported a cut next to his left eye from the assault.

The other Delta employee said he received a cut on the lip and reported nothing stolen.

Two unnamed males came in and separated the assailants from victims, the police report said.

The unknown suspects exited at one of the train stations before the service ended at its final destination at the airport.

Both men refused any medical assistance and said they wished to prosecute those involved in the matter.

"They had relatively minor injuries," MARTA chief spokesman Lyle Harris said.

The attack is an unusual one, he said.

"It's very uncommon but beyond that, we're not commenting beyond the actual investigation," he said. "Any sort of crime when one of our patrons are caught in harm's way, we'd like to track down and solve the incident as soon as possible."

Harris said no arrests have yet been made.