Man, 25, dies after fall during attempted mugging in Athens

Naftemporiki — A 25-year-old man died last Wednesday evening after falling off a 20-meter rock formation across from the Acropolis in central Athens during what police describe as an attempted mugging by three unidentified suspects.

The incident was reported by the man’s 23-year-old companion, a Portuguese national.  The 23-year-old woman could provide only sketchy details a day later, saying her boyfriend was accosted by two men, with one wielding a knife. A third suspect attempted to take her purse.

The incident occurred on Philopappou Hill, to the south of the Acropolis, a popular sightseeing spot for locals and visitors.

The victim fell to his death under still undetermined circumstances.

Eight people were later detained in the immediate vicinity, although the woman, who police said was in a state of shock, failed to identify anyone as a possible suspect.

Greek Police are continuing the search for the three suspects and on Friday announced their decision to boost patrols of the popular central Athens park.