A woman was in critical condition Monday after allegedly being beaten during a home invasion robbery.

It was the second violent incident in the neighborhood in three days.

Just before midnight Sunday, a woman was sitting in her garage on Sir Michael Drive near 1955 West and 700 North with the door closed when two men lifted the garage door and entered.

They told the woman they needed to use her phone because their car had broken down, according to Salt Lake City police.

The woman told them her phone didn't work so the two men closed the garage door. But rather than leave, the men lifted the door again a few seconds later and announced they were robbing her, police stated. The men were armed with a socket wrench.

The woman screamed before the men hit her on the head several times and left without taking anything, according to city police.

The robbery was the second on Sir Michael Drive since Friday.

Just after midnight Friday, two men walked into another garage where a man was working on his car, according to police. Both men took turns hitting the victim with a gun, police stated.

The men took the man's money and a video screen from inside his car and left, according to police.

Despite the similarity of the incidents, police weren't sure Monday if the two cases were related. Salt Lake City police detective Dwayne Baird said there were differences in the suspect descriptions from each assault.

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