Man robbed, attacked, thrown in pond

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Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies are looking for suspects who allegedly robbed a 52-year-old man, attacked him with a tire tool and left him for dead after throwing him into a pond somewhere northeast of Pink.  Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies were called about 8 a.m. Friday morning when a passerby reported finding an injured man near Little River and Okay Roads.  The man, who had been assaulted, was wearing nothing but long johns. He had obvious wounds from the attack, Palmer said.  “He had been robbed of his money and they stole his pickup,” Palmer said. “He had been stripped of his overalls and boots.”  The Newalla man was hit in the back of the head with a tire tool during the attack, Palmer said. He was knocked unconscious until he awoke in the cold pond water.  “He was thrown in the pond and left for dead,” Palmer said. “When he came to, he was able to walk through a field and back to a road, where he got a passerby to stop.”  The man was transported to Unity Health Center, North Campus, where he was treated for his injuries and released. Deputies conducted interviews all day as part of the investigation. Friday afternoon, Palmer said authorities received an anonymous call that resulted in them finding the man’s pickup near Tribbey.  It was processed for evidence, Palmer said, with that evidence leading them to identify two possible suspects in the case. The investigation continues.  Deputy Scott Hawkins, along with Deputies Randy Willis, Shane Colley and Ken VanDuser worked the case.  Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Hawkins at 273-1727.