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Man Severely Beat 7-Year-Old Girl Who Refused To Give Up Her Bicycle, Say Police

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Police say a 7-year-old girl who refused to give up her bicycle was severely beaten by an Anchorage man who had tried to steal it.

Police have issued a warrant charging 32-year-old Byron Edward Syvinski with assault and robbery. The girl is in critical but stable condition Monday.

Witnesses say Syvinski tried to force the girl off the bike Sunday and punched her when she refused. They say he then knocked her to the ground and punched her repeatedly after she lost consciousness.

Police say he will be arrested after he is released from a hospital, where he had been taken for medical clearance.

The attack was first reported by the Anchorage Daily News.

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