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Two college students held up near VCU, robberies continue

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two college students are held up at gunpoint. It's just the latest in a string of armed robberies around the VCU Monroe Park campus. It has not only students, but businesses making some changes, too.

The most recent crime happened on the 400 block of Gilmer Street. That's only a few blocks away from the Monroe Park Campus.

This is actually the second VCU student to be held up at gunpoint in the past few weeks. Tonight, when a lot of college kids are out having a good night partying, police are out in large numbers, trying to keep everyone safe.

Violence erupts in the middle of the night. "It's just... It's just I can't handle it. It's crazy," said Harshul Patel.

Robbers strike on Gilmer Street, with two college kids the target. One from VCU, another from J. Sargeant Reynolds. Two guys went up to the victims, one armed with a handgun.

There were two other suspects that were acting as lookout guys, kind of just checking what was going on down the street. After the robbery, all 4 of the suspects scattered in different directions.

"You have to be safe. We are girls. We don't walk out at night, especially in the alleys," said VCU Student Samantha Sachs.  

But Samantha Sachs actually is not surprised it happened. Here's why: The past few weeks have been particularly violent around campus. A string of armed robberies already had police on high alert. Now, even more officers will hit the streets near the recent crime.

"I never see them so it'd be nice to see more around in the neighborhoods not just on Broad Street," VCU senior Casey Runevalt said. 

GENE: "You must be nervous with all the recent armed robberies here."
WYENDI CLARK: "Yeah, that just makes me feel uncomfortable because I'm a mother."

Wyendi Clark works nearby. Her business is even making some changes.

"We lock our doors earlier, now that it is getting dark (earlier)," she said.

"I just hope it never happens again, especially down here," added Patel.

The two students involved were not injured during the robbery. There is only a vague description of the two suspects.

If you know anything, call VCU Police at 828-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. 

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