Woman gives up purse during Fan armed robbery

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A woman is forced to give up her purse during an armed robbery Thursday night in Richmond's Fan District. This happened around 8:30 on the 2600 block of Monument Avenue. That's near the intersection of Monument and Robinson.

Two Richmond police officers were watching over the area Friday afternoon. The woman was walking home when she was approached by the gunman who made off with her purse. A neighborhood watch sign nearby let's anyone thinking of committing this same type of crime know that neighbors are watching. Still, almost every person we stopped on Monument Avenue was walking alone Friday afternoon. And after hearing about the recent armed robbery in the area we got similar reactions.

"Really it's crime everywhere," said one walker.

"I'm not really that scared," added another.

One reason most might feel safe is because they take the same precautions as Christina Goggin.

"I pretty much know to walk in groups at night, to stay on well lit places and you know I don't carry much cash when I walk around the Fan," said Goggin. "The Fan is just a prime target due to the density and how people walk."

And while police are on the lookout for the robber, some residents felt that was all the security they needed.

"Knowing myself I'd probably mace myself instead of the person!" laughed Goggin.

The woman was not hurt during the robbery. It's too early for police to know if the suspect is connected to any other robberies in the area.

If you know anything this incident you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 780-1000.

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