Four people robbed at gunpoint in 15 minutes

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Early Friday morning four people were robbed at gunpoint by a pair of men just blocks from VCU. As police investigate, some students wonder why they haven't been notified by the university.

The four separate robberies happened on Grace near Lombardy- about 4 blocks from VCU. NBC12 has talked to VCU's police chief asking why no alerts were sent out to students. The chief says because the robberies happened off campus, no alert was needed.

As VCU student Hannah Weber bikes home she's wonders why she wasn't told a pair of armed men robbed four people just after midnight on Grace near Lombardy.

"If it's in walking distance and it's not on-campus we should be alerted," she said.

In four separate instances police say the gun-toting duo demanded cash and cell phones from three young men and one girl. The girl was beaten to the ground and kicked. She's recovering from injuries to her face. She and one of the guys go to VCU. Melody Imburg works just blocks away.

"I work late at night around here. I feel pretty safe around here," said Imburg.

She's glad police have already interviewed several people. But with the victims unable to make a positive ID, so far there have been no arrests.

"It's a shame that people like that have to exist in these areas where people are trying to build homes and raise families," said Imburg.

This is the second time in two weeks that a VCU student has been injured during a robbery. The other one- also happened off campus. That suspect was arrested.

"I'm always aware of where I am and my surroundings. And I think with the new students coming back, they also have to remind themselves that this is a city," Imburg added.

VCU police say Thursday night's are always busy on Grace as students and others frequent neighborhood bars. Right now alerts to off-campus crimes are not in place.

"It's very close by though. We should be warned though," said Weber.

If you have any information on these four crimes call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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