Cluster of armed robberies in Richmond

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert out of Richmond where police are investigating a cluster of armed robberies that happened in broad daylight. The incidents unfolded in the same general area and within a thirty minute time period. Two victims were pistol whipped another shot.

Edward Martin says he witnessed one of the armed robberies. It was around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. Martin says he was working a job site on East German School Road when he saw a man walk up to four workers at a construction site next door.

"It looked like they were just talking to them. We went back to work and next thing you know I see all the police. Come to find out he robbed them," said Martin.

Police say the criminal displayed a handgun and demanded money from the four men. The victims didn't return to the site today.

"It's ridiculous. You can't even come out here to make a living anymore without getting robbed," said Martin.

Thirty minutes later, and less than 4 miles away on Lamberts Avenue, an attempted robbery. Police say in this incident a man with a gun walked up to two people. The man tried to rob them but couldn't. The man shot one of the victims in the shoulder; pistol whipped the other and took off.

A few minutes later and about two miles away police say, a customer was pumping gas at a commercial fuel station on Commerce Road -- when a man with a gun approached demanded money then hit the customer in the head with a gun.

Bruce Supermarket is next door to the fuel station. Employees saw the police activity.

"It's scary you know because it's so close to home for a lot of people," said employee, Imani Poke.

Investigators say at this point, it's unclear if the incidents are related. They call the daylight crimes odd. As for Marti, he plans on being more aware of his surroundings at night and during the day.

The victim who was shot is recovering at VCU Medical Center. If you have any information on these crimes you're asked to contact crime stoppers at 780-1000.

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