Robberies in the Fan on the rise

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - During the day the streets in Richmond's Fan neighborhood seem quiet. But victims of several recent armed robberies would say it's quite the opposite at night.

"The guys said give me your money and raised a firearm at me and it looked like a sawed off shotgun," said Fan robbery victim, Charles Moser.

Moser was robbed Wednesday night. 2 armed men approached him in the alley behind his home, forcing him to hand over his wallet while his wife, Ruth, waited for him inside.

"I heard this banging on our side back door," said Moser's wife, Ruth Bolduan. "It was my husband and he said 'Come open the door I've been robbed at gunpoint!"

"He said put your hands behind your back and get down on the ground," adds Moser.

Scenes like this in the Fan are not uncommon. In fact, Richmond Police have receive 37 reports of armed robbery so far this year compared to only 26 this time last year. That's a 42% increase.

"There have been robberies around here before," said Moser. "We know it's a little bit dangerous. Police pointed out that the Fan is a targeted area for thieves."

Moser was unable to get a good look at the robbers who made off with his wallet containing $160 in cash and various credit cards. He and his wife are now more aware of their surroundings in their neighborhood at night.

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