UMKC student fights back against two attackers in Midtown area

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A college student fought off two would-be robbers in Midtown Kansas City.

Now, police want to know could this crime be connected to a string of recent holdups in that area.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City student told police early Friday morning he fought with two attackers near 55th and Troost.

Nathan Cho said he left a friend`s house, and was walking home when suddenly two guys attacked him.

“I was crossing the street, just crossed Troost and some guys came out of from behind, started hitting me,” Cho recalled.

He was caught off guard around one in the morning by two young men who kept punching and kicking him for no apparent reason.

“I tried to fight back a little bit and then kind of tried blocking punches, but I really wasn`t effective. It was all over in under a minute,” he said.

“It all happened so fast, so I don`t think there was really a lot of conscious thought.”

The attack left the UMKC political science bloodied and with a few scratches.

“They started asking for something. I didn`t really hear what they said, but I assumed it was money or something and I kept shouting ‘Idon`t have anything,” he said.

Police say last week a violent robbery spree occurred within blocks of each other in Kansas City`s Midtown area.

Investigators say five people were robbed between East 43rd and McGee.

Cops say one of the victims pistol whipped.

Prosecutors charged Derrick Sims in connection with an armed robbery near 41st and Main.

Cops are now checking to see if the crimes could be related to the attack on Cho.

“They didn`t get away with anything other than my dignity,” Cho said.

Police say Cho`s attackers ran away.

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