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An elderly man washing his car at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of North Street was beaten by a robber who made off with the victim’s 2014 Toyota Avalon, Central District police said.

The robber grabbed the car owner from behind, choked him and punched him in the face several times, police said. The owner suffered a cut to his nose and scrapes to his elbows and knees, authorities said.