Armed robberies near VCU

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A late night double robbery near the VCU campus and police say a student was among the victims. They both happened close to midnight - one on South Harrison Street and another near Cary and Grandby Streets. Now, police need your help keeping an eye out for the criminals.

The university put out an alert - so that students would know one of their fellow students was robbed by three men Wednesday. Police say the student was one of three people robbed near VCU Wednesday night.

Police say the VCU student was walking down South Harrison Street going to the Randolph neighborhood. A group of men approached him. One even had a gun and fired a shot into the air.

The bridge is part of Mica Davis's usual route from her car to her class.

"It makes me feel terrified, scared, makes you not even wanna park over here," she said.

During the day, many students take that same bridge to get to campus.

"Students like us, especially international students, we don't know the situation before we came here, actually it's so scary to us," said VCU student Abdulltaif Buubaid.

According to police, this situation got worse when they got a call - of another incident.

About 10 minutes later, police got a report of a second robbery, this time a man and a woman got robbed on Grandby and Cary by what appeared to be the same group.

Jessica Carrington who lives near Grandby and Cary worries about the dangers in her neighborhood.

"Being a young lady like myself, I would never walk alone around my house," Carrington said.

Police say the man and woman robbed were not VCU students. During the second robbery, police say the victims noticed a getaway car and were able to get a license plate number.

Police say the getaway car was an older green Honda civic with license plate: "XBY 8475". VCU is urging students tonight to be aware of their surroundings. If you have any information about the two robberies, contact VCU Police or call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12.  All rights reserved.