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By Monica Hampton 

July 12, 2012 (La Mesa)--Michael Reed, a member of a local band, “Steam Powered Giraffe,” reported that he was mugged in downtown La Mesa and “knocked unconscious.”  According to Reed, he was “hit on the back of the head” on La Mesa Blvd. on Saturday, July 7 between 11 p.m. and midnight. 
Reed reportedly was socializing at an establishment on La Mesa Blvd. and suspects that the muggers spiked his drink before he went out on the street and was mugged.  He stated he had “signs of immediate extreme incoherence, nausea, and zero memory of anything past a certain point.” 
According to Reed, after “regaining consciousness” he discovered that his iPhone, ID card, debit card, and car keys were missing.  The 25 year-old victim reported that he was also robbed of his laptop and camping equipment that were inside his vehicle.  Reed believes the muggers drove around in his car, since he found it “re-parked not far from where [he] was [that night.]” 
He also discovered his ID card and car keys, which the muggers had left, inside his vehicle.  Reed states, “I am saddened by this event, but I am glad to be alive.” 
Reed spent the following morning, July 8, in the La Mesa Police Department,  Police confirm. A spokesman at LMPD indicated the Department is not aware of other attacks in downtown La Mesa.  No suspect information was provided and there were no witnesses. 
Reed spent the rest of the day at Sharp Grossmont Hospital for examination.  Due to this situation, he was unable to perform at the San Diego Zoo later that day, where he and his band are playing every day during the summer.  
Reed has health insurance but is worried about the costs, believing they will be “astronomical.”  However, Reed is doing much better now and was able to perform at the zoo on July 9.  
Reed is “saddened” by this experience but maintains a positive outlook.


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