Richmond police probe four robberies
Jan 12, 2013 (Richmond Times-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
RICHMOND Police are investigating four robberies, including two home invasions, that occurred over a four-hour span Thursday night in Richmond.
No one was seriously injured in any of the robberies, and there was no immediate indication the crimes were linked.
Richmond police Capt. Paul Kiniry said the first home invasion occurred at 9:50 p.m. in the 2300 block of Ambrose Street in the city's East End and involved three armed suspects -- two with handguns and one with a shotgun -- who burst through the front door of a home occupied by a man and his two juvenile children.
Kiniry said one of the suspects struck the father twice in the head. The father later declined medical attention; the children were not injured.
Kiniry said the suspects, who stole several items, were black males. One was 5-feet-6 inches, about 30 years old, with a slim build and close-trimmed facial hair; he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and brandishing a handgun. The other suspect with a handgun was said to be about 20 years old with a medium build and wearing a pullover mask. The third suspect, brandishing a shotgun, was described as about 27 years old, 6 feet tall with a slim build, a goatee and all black clothing.
The second home invasion occurred at 11 p.m. in the 1100 block of Hollister Avenue, just northeast of McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in South Richmond.
Kiniry said a man told police two men, both brandishing handguns, forced him into a bedroom, ransacked his apartment and stole several items.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not provided.
Just before 11 p.m., a man told police he was robbed in the 3100 block of Hull Street, also in South Richmond, by a man who took Percocet pills and a black BMW.
Kiniry said the night's first robbery was reported at 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Cleveland Street, in the city's Museum District, where a man told police he was getting into his vehicle outside his hair salon when he was confronted by two men, both of whom had covered their faces with bandanas and one of whom had a handgun.
The robbers ordered him to the ground and demanded money, but when the victim said he had nothing to give them, they went inside the salon and took cash from his business partner, Kiniry said.
Detailed suspect descriptions from those two robberies were not offered.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (804) 780-1000.
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