PATERSON, NJ - Paterson police are investigating a pair of muggings that occured in the city, each leaving the victims requiring medical treatment, over a 12-hour period between Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning.

In the first incident, a 22-year-old Hispanic male was jumped by four black males on Madison Avenue and Broadway at around 5 p.m. on Sunday. The victim, a city resident, was approached by two men who punched him and then threw him to the ground, according to Lt. Bert Ribeiro. At that point, two other suspects emerged and stole the victim's wallet and his cash. The victim, a city resident, was treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center and then released.

In the second incident, which occurred at around 5 a.m. Monday, a 23-year-old Hispanic male who resides in the city was attacked by three suspects--a black male, a Hispanic male and a Hispanic female--near the intersection of Straight and Pearl streets. The suspects beat and punched the victim and removed his shorts to get his wallet and cash from the pockets. The victim was transported to St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Anyone with information about either incident can call (973) 321-1120.